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Re: Hiding mailto: links


From: Emma Duke-Williams
Date: Feb 27, 2007 1:30AM

On 2/27/07, Jared Smith < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Of course, this doesn't account for the fact that mailto: links no
> longer really work on the many computers (perhaps the majority of
> computers?) that do not have an e-mail client configured.

Do you have some stats on this, Jared?

Clearly, I can only speak from the experience of the UK, but all the
computers I've bought (earliest 1998), have had IE and OUtlook Express
(or AOL) set up and installed - the problem you have is persuading
Windows that you want to use an alternative client. By default, they
do have an email client configured.
As I say, maybe that's something that doesn't happen in other countries.

However, it is a useful point, as I can review what I tell my students
now! (I used to tell them to avoid mailto: links primarily because of
the problems of spam - though I did tell them there was a chance that
mailto doesn't work. I'll emphasise more the Mailto probably won't
work anyway).