Re[4]: how to activate URLs in email

Subject: Re[4]: how to activate URLs in email
From: "Walker, Arlen P" <Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 16:16:07 -0500

From: Arlen P Walker on 04/17/97 04:16 PM



I'm not sure what the question is here. I *think* it's "How do I send
anyone an email so that they will only have to click on a URL in it and it
will launch their browser and open the URL?"

If that's the question then the answer is "You can't."

If the question is "How do I send a specific person ....." then the answer
is "Insufficient data." A reliable answer depends upon the brand of mail
client.

Many mail clients support URLs directly but few of them support it in any
consistent manner.

In the Macintosh world, there's an extension called "ICeTEe" which comes
with InternetConfig. This extension enables any mail client which uses the
standard Macintosh TextEdit calls to call "helper apps" to handle URLs.
These URLs must be enclosed in angle brackets ("<", ">" ). To activate
this, you hold down the command key while clicking the URL. This will "URL
enable" many, but not all, mail clients.

I don't know if there's an equivalent in the Windoze world, but if there
is, you be assured it will use a different mechanism.

Those who use their browsers to also handle their mail have yet another way
to click through. There's no accepted "standard" way to do this.

Have fun,
Arlen
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
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