E-Mail Fails to Work

The most convenient way to offer electronic mail service in a Web document is through a link using the "mailto:"URL. The acronym, URL, is short for Uniform Resource Locator, the street address of a file on the Internet. If your browser supports this URL , a dialogue box will open when the link that contains it is selected. The dialogue box prompts you for a subject and the body of the message and sends that message to the appropriate address when you are done.

Throughout this Web site you will see the following: or

The coding for it is

<A HREF=""> </A>
<A HREF=""></A>

The <A> and </A> tags are used to inform the browser that a link to another site is to be executed if the user clicks on the dialogue shown between the tags. The HREF attribute, short for "Hypertext REFerence", is used to specify the address of the file where the link points. Because "mailto:" is included in the address, the link is interpreted as an e-mail link, not a link to another Web page file.

Some browsers do not support "mailto:" and produce an error if a link with the "mailto:" URL is selected. In this case, you must use the email service of your on-line provider.

Commercial browsers such as Netscape Navigator, Netscape Communicator, Mosaic, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as well as browsers provided by America OnLine, Compuserve, and Prodigy support the "mailto:" URL.


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