You can enhance your "Mailto:" tags to:
Note: Addresses used in the examples below are fictitious.
In this example, "APEX/EECN 9-5 Q22" will appear in the Subject of Netscape's E-mail form addressed to Milo Minderbinder.
<A HREF="mailto:email@example.com?subject=APEX/EECN 9-5 Q22">Mail this!</A>
In this example, we've put Milo's address inside of <> and added Dave's address, also in <>, separated by a comma:
<A HREF="mailto:<firstname.lastname@example.org>,<email@example.com>?subject=APEX/EECN 9-5 Q22">Mail this!</A>
In this example, "Mailto Procedures" will
appear in the subject field. The multiple cc: addressees appear
after the "?cc=" string inside of <> separated with
commas. Note this neat feature; where the name of the addressee is
obscure as in Fred Flintstone's case, a plain text string that
looks like his name can be inserted in front of the <> containing
his e-mail address for clarity. This works for the "To"
field (the main addressee field) as well.
Note: I placed a space before "FredFlintstone" to make the string wrap in the browser. It does not belong there in the HTML code.
<A HREF="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?cc=<email@example.com>, FredFlintstone<firstname.lastname@example.org>&subject=1630 SX PAE Procedures">Mail this!</A>
Here is a summary of the "mailto" strings:
Note: I placed a space in the string to make it wrap in the browser. It does not belong there in the HTML code.
<A HREF="mailto:<name@where>,<name@where>?cc=<name@where>,<name@where>, <name@where>&subject=Subject Matter">
Thanks to Jerry Mulever and Alan Palmer of CompuServe's Internet Publishing forum (INETPUB) for cluing me in about mailto tricks in June 1997.
- 2005 David R. McKeen