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Re: mailto URIs

From: Paul Hoffman <phoffman@imc.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 09:28:35 -0700
Message-Id: <p06210233bedc9e66d634@[10.20.30.249]>
To: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>, uri@w3.org

At 4:21 PM -0700 6/17/05, Larry Masinter wrote:
>I'm puzzled about whether the full 'address' or 'mailbox'
>specification is actually implemented, or whether the
>actual URI use is limited to RFC2822's  'addr-spec'.

I have seen 'mailbox' be implemented, very badly. I have never seen 
anyone blow 'addr-spec'.

>I'm thinking that the right thing to do is to include the
>full ABNF for whatever it is that "mailto" actually accepts,
>and then describe the mapping to/from RFC 2822 addresses,
>rather than leave a vague reference to 2822.

Imagine the URL quoting problems to properly do 'mailbox'. Really. I 
simply can't imagine that many people would do it correctly, even 
after a few tries. And I can imagine that they could do it very 
insecurely if we expand the definition.

--Paul Hoffman, Director
--Internet Mail Consortium
Received on Monday, 20 June 2005 16:29:40 UTC

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