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Re: 'email' element type

From: Matt Fletcher <msfy2k@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 14:19:35 +0100 (BST)
Message-ID: <20030408131935.53966.qmail@web12106.mail.yahoo.com>
To: W3C List <www-html@w3.org>

<email> sounds like a great idea. Redundant
maybe, but useful, hell yeah!

(Who thought of it by the way, the xhtml2
proposal or someone on this list? I never spotted
it before)

Matt

 --- Todd O'Bryan <toddobryan@mac.com> wrote: > 
> But, isn't "mailto:" kind of a fake URI? I mean
> it doesn't really 
> describe a protocol and a link so much as tell
> a browser to use an 
> email program and stick something in the To:
> box.
> 
> I, for one, hate having to type email addresses
> twice, once in the link 
> and once in the text. (I know, I'm lazy.)
> 
> The other obnoxious thing about using href for
> mailto is that it's not 
> really a semantic link. Most (all?) other links
> lead to information. 
> mailto is a roundabout way of asking for
> information, namely the email 
> you want to send to the address you just
> clicked on. (And don't get me 
> started on people who don't write email
> addresses in the text of their 
> mailto: links so that I click on what I think
> is hypertext and have my 
> email program open up when I really wouldn't
> have clicked it if I'd 
> known what I was in for. Help links are major
> offenders in this regard.)
> 
> Yes, it would complicate things, and it's
> probably unnecessary. But 
> it's not a poor substitute at all.
> 
> Todd
> 
> 
> On Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at 04:31  AM, Etan
> Wexler wrote:
> 
> >
> > Jim Dabell wrote to <mailto:www-html@w3.org>
> on 7 April 2003 in "Re:
> > [XHTML2] Unicode line and paragraph
> separators"
> >
>
(<mid:200304072045.28173.jim-www-html@jimdabell.com>):
> >
> >> there are other elements that could be
> included that would be far
> >> more popular and appropriate for the medium
> (what about
> >> <email>jim@example.com</email>?).
> >
> > The proposed 'email' element type is just a
> poor substitute for 
> > generalized
> > linking methods. We already have 'mailto'
> URIs and link elements.
> >
> > -- 
> > Etan Wexler <mailto:ewexler@stickdog.com>
> >
> >
>  

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