Re: 2a16

From: Craig A Summerhill <>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 15:53:30 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <>

> Problem one:
> ------------
> Take the following header on a message:
> Subject: Re: Dumb Question?
> From: Ashley M. Kirchner (
> Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 17:34:57 -0700 (MST)
> The only link in that header is the 'From:' line where it puts a
> mailto: link as the email also adds quite a few
> other information that, to my opinion, isn't necessary:
> [ NOTE: broken into multiple lines for readability ]
> <STRONG>From: </STRONG>Ashley M. Kirchner (<A
> HREF=" \
>"><EM> \
> If it's just a link to the person's email address, there's no need
> for the subject and replyto to be included. Each message already has
> a 'Reply' link, in which this information is, um...somewhat needed,
> well, the subject line is needed, the replyto won't do some people
> any good.

Um... I'm not sure I agree with this objection, at least not in its entirety.

I think the inclusion of the subject and message-id in the URL is a good idea. Where this is particularly useful is where the link is a mailto: reference to a mailing list address. The message going back to the list has the same subject line and a reference which can be used by hypermail to help build threads.

I can see the argument not including the subject and reply-to in the URL of any mailto HREF generated from the body of the message, but I think there is utility in keeping it within a mailto HREF generated from data in the original header of the message (e.g. To: From: or Cc: fields).


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Received on Mon 29 Mar 1999 10:58:16 PM GMT

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