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When I click on a "mailto:..." link, my
computer opens my mail app. I expect that
most of your computers do the same
thing. For most of my email, though I use
web-based email. I have to right-click on
the mailto address, copy the email
address, open a new tab in my browser,
type in the
url of my email provider, log in
and then paste in the email address that
the mailto: pointed to. If I accidentally
click on the link then I also have to close
my email app.
What I want to be able to to do is
configure my browser to translate the
mailto: to a url that points to my email
provider, email address and passes on all
the info from the mailto:. Then all I have
to do is enter my password and I'm ready
to go, with all the information that that
was provided by the mailto: link.
I realise that this idea would need the web
email providers to provide this url access
into their accounts, followed by browser
developers to implement support for the
one or many standards that emerge. It
shouldn't be beyond the wit of man to
bring these two together.
there are others, but this does the trick [neilp, Feb 14 2007]
Third-party app that provides the functionality for gmail. [st3f, Feb 14 2007]
||hey [st3f] - this should do the trick for you (see link).
||Thanks, neil. I thought there might be a
plug-in somewhere that would do this.
Mozex allows you to enter an app and
parameters to respond to a mailto: url,
so you should be able to enter your
browser, a string that makes it go to a
url and hopefully find some way of
transferring and encoding the
information from the mailto: into a url
that gmail, yahoo or whever
understands. I'd be interested to learn if
anybody has got this working.
||Google seem to have an alternative
solution. Rumour has it that their mail
notifier can be set as a target for mailto:
requests. This applet translates the
mailto into a url and pulls up the
appropriate web page. I'm going to
download it and see if the rumour is
true. [update. yes it is. the mac version
allows you to set gmail as your default
||Ideally, the 'mailto' link should be picked up by the browser which then supplies a drop-down menu of all the mail services available. For me, at home, this wouldn't matter as my desktop mail application is the same service as my free webmail (they provide an IMAP interface) but at work, I'd like the choice of linking to my work email application or my browser-based webmail.
||Thanks to all. This 'problem' has occurred to me but I never gave it much thought. You've posted some interesting options here to consider.