Re: Subject line in Mailto forms

Benjamin Franz (snowhare@netimages.com)
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 06:57:23 -0700 (PDT)


Date: Mon, 16 Jun 1997 06:57:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@netimages.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Subject line in Mailto forms
In-Reply-To: <1878-Mon16Jun199715:02:28+0200-levitte@lp.se>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.95.970616064718.28734C-100000@ns.viet.net>

On Mon, 16 Jun 1997, Richard Levitte - VMS Whacker wrote:

>    From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
> 
>    At 11:35a +0200 06/15/97, Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet wrote:
>     > 1) it breaks all other clients, as RFC 1738 defines the value of
>     > mailto to be an email address only. Thus, mail from those clients
>     > will bounce, as "htmlhelp.com?subject=hello" is not a valid host.
> 
>    So update the client -- it's easy to add support for this. Perhaps it
>    would also be good form to "mark" enhanced mailtos as such, so the user
>    can be aware of the extra params if using an old client.
> 
> True enough.  Even Lynx handles that kind of markup...

More to the point - the clients that are that old have bigger problems to
face: Such as the ongoing deployment of 'shared-IP' webservers. If they
*don't* upgrade they will find the web becoming simply inaccessible. I
expect within 2 years that anyone using a client that doesn't send 'Host:'
will be completely off the web for all intents and purposes.

I find the 'mailto' thing to be a dying thing anyway. For contacts I
nearly always use forms. It seems more professional and *significantly*
reduces the amount of email I recieve from web-crawling spambots daily.

Oh - another thing that helps reduce spam is using '&#64;' on webpages for
visible text spelling out of email addresses.... ;-) 

-- 
Benjamin Franz