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RE: <a href="mailto:email address">

From: David Norris <kg9ae@geocities.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 05:30:27 -0500
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000301bdaa5b$6cac02c0$204378cc@illusionary.dyn.ml.org>
>> <A
>>
href="mailto:recipient@domain.com?subject=SUBJECT-TEXT&body=BODY-TEXT&cc=OTH
>> ER-RECIPIENT&bcc=BLIND-RECIPIENT">
>As a practical advice on HTML authoring, this is dangerous
>disinformation. See
>http://www.htmlhelp.com/faq/wdgfaq.htm#44

A form may be the 'safest' and most predictable method with a traditional
mailto URI as an alternative means.  I have seen many browsers ignore the
extended information in mailto URIs.  I have never seen a browser break on
it, though.  I would be curious to know which browsers break.  I have tested
it on Amaya, Lynx, NCSA Mosaic, Explorer 3-5, Navigator 2-5, Opera, and
probably several others.  I have never seen it break.  It does leave out the
extended information more often than not, though.  Also, the working draft
in question mentions that Subject, To, and Body are the only fields to be
considered safe.  So, you could not expect any other fields to work.  When
you need to rely on certain information, I would suggest a form.  There are
free form processing services, such as CGI-Free
http://www.cgi-free.com/

>http://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/uri/draft-fielding-uri-syntax-01.txt
>Moreover, the URL itself has become invalid (404 File Not Found).hat's

I believe that URI is a typo or something.  It has been invalid for a long
time as far as I know. The correct URI is, as you pointed out:
http://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/uri/draft-hoffman-mailto-url-05.txt

,David Norris

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