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Re: draft-duerst-mailto-bis-06 - Detailed review of Get form submission and the To hvalue

From: Michael A. Puls II <shadow2531@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:25:25 -0400
To: "Martin Duerst" <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>, uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.uqpqkn2j1ejg13@sandra-svwliu01>
On Thu, 12 Mar 2009 06:49:26 -0400, Martin Duerst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp> wrote:

>> A note about this in the mailto spec (or some new mailto form  
>> submission spec) might help clear this up.
>
> I'm still not sure why there's a need to "help clear this up".

In <http://shadow2531.com/opera/userjs/BeforeMailtoURL.js>, look at the first line of createMailtoURIFromEnabledFormControls(form). It's var uri = "mailto:?";.

You should see how that could be an error (as it always drops [to]).

The sole reason for doing it like that was because the mailto spec says that 'mailto:x' is equivalent to 'mailto:?to=x'.

So, because I followed the mailto spec a little too literally in that case, I messed things up.

So, I'm saying that if I messed up because of what the mailto spec said, others might too and the spec should leave no margin for interpretation in that area.

And, I know that HTML form handling specifies what to do, but in this case the mailto spec was contradicting and I chose to give it priority.

It's the "equivalent" part in the mailto spec that got me. Using "different" would be better.

Example suggested text:

There are two different ways to specify a To: hfvalue in a mailto URI that Users Agents SHOULD support: <mailto:foo1@example.com%2C%20foo2@example.com> and <mailto:?to=mailto:foo1@example.com%2C%20foo2@example.com>. However, you SHOULD NOT use both ways at the same time.

Again, it's "equivalent" that threw me off.

-- 
Michael
Received on Friday, 13 March 2009 04:26:00 UTC

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