Sending Email: Browser Version
You want an applet to permit the user to compose and send email.
Use a mailto: URL, but hide it in some Java code.
Since most web browsers are now configured with either built-in or linked-in email clients, you can use the mailto: URL as a poor-person’s email composer to have users contact you. Many people prefer this to a fill-in-the-blank “mail” form connected to a CGI script or servlet (see Chapter 18), since they can use a specialized tool and save their own copy of the mail either in their log file or by CC’ing their own account. While you could use a mailto: URL directly in HTML, experience suggests that a species of parasite called a SPAM perpetrator will attach itself permanently to your mailbox if you do. Permanently, but not symbiotically, since this alleged life-form offers nothing in return to its host.
<H1>Test</H1> <P>Here is how to <A HREF="mailto:spam -firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Testing Mailto URLemail@example.com">contact us</A>
My approach is to hide the mailto: URL inside a Java applet, where
SPAM perps are less likely to notice it. The applet uses
to activate the mailto: URL.
String theURL = "mailto:" + username; URL targetURL = new URL(theURL); getAppletContext.showDocument(targetURL);
Further, I break the email address into two parts and provide the @ directly, so it won’t be seen even if the SPAM-spider is clever enough to look into the PARAM parts of the APPLET tag. Since I ...