Re: Subject line in Mailto forms

Walter Ian Kaye (walter@natural-innovations.com)
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 14:19:49 -0700


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Date: Fri, 20 Jun 1997 14:19:49 -0700
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
Subject: Re: Subject line in Mailto forms

At 11:10a -0400 06/20/97, Jordan Reiter wrote:
 > At 1:30 AM -0400 6/16/97, Joel N. Weber II wrote:
 > >I think that I would avoid writing any subject at all.  I tend to
 > >prefer avoiding features which don't degrade gracefully.
 > >
 > >I also tend to ignore subjects so much that I don't really care what
 > >they say...
 > That's what I feel to be the real issue here.  Do we need it at all?  It
 > should just be kept, in my opinion, as another optional yet trivial feature
 > of Netscape, the same way the dreadful <MARQUEE> tag was on IE.  If a

Do you think browsers are the only place URLs are used? These days, URLs are
*everywhere*.

 > company or organization wants to assign an exclusive *subject* of sorts,
 > another more elegant solution is simply to get another e-mail address,
 > where the address itself implies the subject.  Hence, instead of:
 > 	<A HREF="mailto:info@company.com?Subject=prices">
 > 	<A HREF="mailto:info@company.com?Subject=subscriptions">
 > you would simply use:
 > 	<A HREF="mailto:prices@company.com">
 > 	<A HREF="mailto:subscription@company.com">


The most important use for extended mailtos is for mailing lists. The
following real example is from an existing application:

X-List-Software: LetterRip 1.1 by Fog City Software, Inc.
X-List-Unsubscribe: 
 <mailto:requests@listserv.facespan.com?subject=unsubscribe%20facespan-digest>
X-List-Subscribe: 
 <mailto:requests@listserv.facespan.com?subject=subscribe%20facespan-digest>

The headers are added to every email message sent via the listserv.

  o/` Wouldn't it be nice if there were fewer
     "remove" messages in all our mai-ai-ail o/`  (sorry Beach Boys!;)

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  Walter Ian Kaye <boo_at_best*com>    Programmer - Excel, AppleScript,
          Mountain View, CA                         ProTERM, FoxPro, HTML
 http://www.natural-innovations.com/     Musician - Guitarist, Songwriter