All web pages should identify a contact email address so that problems can be reported. One standard way to do this is to use an <address>...</address> block and include a mailto URL which the user can click on. Several examples are given below.

The suggested approach is to place both a web site identifier and the page name in the subject of the email.

The MailTo URL is not supported by all web browsers.

basic email - works with Netscape 2.0 and IE 3.02
<a href="mailto:test@somewhere">basic email</a>

email to several people - works with Communicator 4.05
<a href="mailto:test@somewhere, friend@somewhere-else">email to several people</a>
Netscape Communicator 4.05 works with either a space or a comma between addresses

email with comment - works with Netscape 2.0 and IE 3.02
<a href = "mailto:Index.html&lt;test@somewhere&gt;">email with comment</a>
I used this technique for several years, but the To address does not show in my mail browser. As a result, it was hard to pick out relevant mail from hundreds of possibilities.

Some browsers allow the default subject line to be encoded as a part of the URL

email with default subject - works with Netscape 2.0 and IE 3.02
<a href="mailto:test@somewhere?subject=Test subject">email with default subject</a>

Some browsers allow a tag to set the default body text

email with default body - does not work with IE 3.02
<a href="mailto:test@somewhere?body=Test body">email with default body</a>

Microsoft says that the mail client, not the browser, interprets the parameters. According to this, Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express support
CC=Carbon copy
BCC=Blind carbon copy
SUBJECT=Subject text
BODY=Body text
when called from IE 4.0 and above.
Another standard for providing feedback is to use a single contact page. This technique is common when comments are sent via a form instead of email or when a site has lots of pages. One advantage is that it provides a single page to modify when the contact information has to change. (Count on it.) When CGI is used, it is possible to pass a parameter indicating which page the user was on when the contact request was made. This method is much better than coding unique URLs on each page of a thousand page site.


Author: Robert Clemenzi -
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