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The mailto URL scheme (RFC2368)

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Original Publication Date: 1998-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 7 page(s) / 15K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

P. Hoffman: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This document defines the format of Uniform Resource Locators (URL) for designating electronic mail addresses. It is one of a suite of documents which replace RFC 1738, 'Uniform Resource Locators', and RFC 1808, 'Relative Uniform Resource Locators'. The syntax of 'mailto' URLs from RFC 1738 is extended to allow creation of more RFC 822 messages by allowing the URL to express additional header and body fields.

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Network Working Group P. Hoffman

Request for Comments: 2368 Internet Mail Consortium

Updates: 1738, 1808 L. Masinter

Category: Standards Track Xerox Corporation

J. Zawinski

Netscape Communications

July 1998

The mailto URL scheme

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This document defines the format of Uniform Resource Locators (URL)

for designating electronic mail addresses. It is one of a suite of

documents which replace RFC 1738, 'Uniform Resource Locators', and

RFC 1808, 'Relative Uniform Resource Locators'. The syntax of

'mailto' URLs from RFC 1738 is extended to allow creation of more RFC

822 messages by allowing the URL to express additional header and

body fields.

1. Introduction

The mailto URL scheme is used to designate the Internet mailing

address of an individual or service. In its simplest form, a mailto

URL contains an Internet mail address.

For greater functionality, because interaction with some resources

may require message headers or message bodies to be specified as well

as the mail address, the mailto URL scheme is extended to allow

setting mail header fields and the message body.

2. Syntax of a mailto URL

Following the syntax conventions of RFC 1738 [RFC1738], a "mailto"

URL has the form:

mailtoURL = "mailto:" [ to ] [ headers ]

to = #mailbox

headers = "?" header *( "&" header )

header = hname "=" hvalue

hname = *urlc

hvalue = *urlc

"#mailbox" is as specified in RFC 822 [RFC822]. This means that it

consists of zero or more comma-separated mail addresses, possibly

including "phrase" and "comment" components. Note that all URL

reserved characters in "to" must be encoded: in particular,

parentheses, commas, and the percent sign ("%"), which commonly occur

in the "mailbox" syntax.

"hname" and "hvalue" are encodings of an RFC 822 header name and

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