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"to" address missing when clicking on a web mailto link

  1. #1


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    "to" address missing when clicking on a web mailto link

    I am encountering behavior with Windows-Mail that I have not seen discussed anywhere.

    Clicking on a "mailto" link on a webpage properly brings up Windows-Mail, but it omits the "to" address field from the blank message form. In all cases, only a semi-colon character appears in the "to" address. Thus, clicking on the link:
    <A href="someone@somewhere.com">someone</A>
    brings up a blank Windows-Mail message with only a ";" in the "to" address field.

    Strangely, if a "subject" field is also defined in the mailto link, that subject is properly inserted. Thus, clicking on the link:
    <A href="someone@somewhere.com?subject=something">someone</A>
    brings up a blank Windows-Mail message with only a ";" in the "to" address field, but with "something" in the subject field.

    I am using Internet Explorer 7 (Version 7.0.6000.16764) and Windows Mail (Version 6.0.6000.16386 - vista_rtm.061101-2205).

    TPG

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  2. #2


    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: "to" address missing when clicking on a web mailto link

    I can't reproduce your issue since MailTo links work correctly
    for me. Try rewriting the default protocol assignments in the registry:

    Open the Default Programs applet, then click on "Set program
    access and computer defaults." Expand the Custom selection, and
    select Windows Mail. Click OK.

    --
    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)


    "tpg" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message news:0a1b9586ea84dfdb232a2eff65fadd98@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >
    > I am encountering behavior with Windows-Mail that I have not seen
    > discussed anywhere.
    >
    > Clicking on a "mailto" link on a webpage properly brings up
    > Windows-Mail, but it omits the "to" address field from the blank message
    > form. In all cases, only a semi-colon character appears in the "to"
    > address. Thus, clicking on the link:
    > <A
    > href="someone@xxxxxx">someone</A>
    > brings up a blank Windows-Mail message with only a ";" in the "to"
    > address field.
    >
    > Strangely, if a "subject" field is also defined in the mailto link,
    > that subject is properly inserted. Thus, clicking on the link:
    > <A
    > href="someone@xxxxxx?subject=something">someone</A>
    > brings up a blank Windows-Mail message with only a ";" in the "to"
    > address field, but with "something" in the subject field.
    >
    > I am using Internet Explorer 7 (Version 7.0.6000.16764) and Windows
    > Mail (Version 6.0.6000.16386 - vista_rtm.061101-2205).
    >
    > TPG
    >
    >
    > --
    > tpg

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  3. #3


    PA Bear [MS MVP] Guest

    Re: "to" address missing when clicking on a web mailto link

    Open Windows Mail Tools | Accounts | Mail | [account] | Properties | General
    (tab): Make certain that all the boxes under User Information are correct
    (e.g., make sure the Name box doesn't contain only a semi-colon).

    tpg wrote:

    > I am encountering behavior with Windows-Mail that I have not seen
    > discussed anywhere.
    >
    > Clicking on a "mailto" link on a webpage properly brings up
    > Windows-Mail, but it omits the "to" address field from the blank message
    > form. In all cases, only a semi-colon character appears in the "to"
    > address. Thus, clicking on the link:
    > <A
    > href="someone@xxxxxx">someone</A>
    > brings up a blank Windows-Mail message with only a ";" in the "to"
    > address field.
    >
    > Strangely, if a "subject" field is also defined in the mailto link,
    > that subject is properly inserted. Thus, clicking on the link:
    > <A
    > href="someone@xxxxxx?subject=something">someone</A>
    > brings up a blank Windows-Mail message with only a ";" in the "to"
    > address field, but with "something" in the subject field.
    >
    > I am using Internet Explorer 7 (Version 7.0.6000.16764) and Windows
    > Mail (Version 6.0.6000.16386 - vista_rtm.061101-2205).
    >
    > TPG

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    Join Date : Feb 2009
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      Thread Starter

    Re: "to" address missing when clicking on a web mailto link

    I had already checked the app assignments.

    I have experimented further and discovered that some mailto-links actually work properly for me. If the address part before the "@" is eight characters or less, then the link properly fills in the Mail message "to" field. If, however it is more than eight characters long, then only the ";" appears.

    Thus, mailto:someone@somewhere.com actually does work. But mailto:someone89@somewhere.com does not. Both, of course work in Outlook Express under XP.

    tpg

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    Join Date : Feb 2009
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      Thread Starter

    Re: "to" address missing when clicking on a web mailto link

    Truth is even stranger than my fiction. Thinking that I had figured out what would in general work, I mis-spoke when I said that mailto:someone@somewhere.com would work. It does not.

    I now have actually tried the following mailto links:

    These work-
    z12@d12345.com
    z12@d123456789.com
    z12@d12345678901.com
    z12@d123456789012.com
    z123@d12345678901.com
    some@somewhere.com
    someo@somewher.com

    These do not work -
    someone@somewher.com
    someo@somewhere.com
    z123@d123456789012.com
    z12@d1234567890123.com
    z12@d1234567890123456789.com

    There appears to be some dependence on the length of the EMail address, but what it is escapes me.

    tpg

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