Re: Subject line in Mailto forms

Walter Ian Kaye (
Sun, 15 Jun 1997 19:41:26 -0700

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Date: Sun, 15 Jun 1997 19:41:26 -0700
From: Walter Ian Kaye <>
Subject: Re: Subject line in Mailto forms

At 8:37p -0400 06/15/97, Joel N. Weber II wrote:
 > If only 1024 characters are supported, that's a bug, at least according
 > to the GNU coding standards.  It's not a design problem; it's a bug
 > in your client.

I believe it's an SGML constraint...

 >    Perhaps a new URL scheme, say "email:"?
 > I don't see how an email: scheme would buy you anything.  Old
 > clients break whether you call it email: and they totally lose;
 > and old clients break the way things are.

So I guess the caring thing to do would be something like:

  Extended mailto: <A HREF="">Easy URL</A><BR>
  Backward-compatible mailto: <A HREF="">Hard URL</A>

...and that way people have a choice.

  Walter Ian Kaye <boo_at_best*com>    Programmer - Excel, AppleScript,
          Mountain View, CA                         ProTERM, FoxPro, HTML     Musician - Guitarist, Songwriter