Non-Web Links and Protocols
Linking to other web pages using the HTTP protocol is by far the most common type of link; however, there are several other types of transactions that can be made using other standard Internet protocols.
Mail Link (mailto)
can be used in an anchor tag to automatically send an email message
to the recipient from within the browser. Note that the browser must
be configured to support this tag, so it will not work for all users.
mailto protocol has the following components:
A typical mail link might look like this:
<A HREF="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Send Jennifer email</A>
You can also experiment with adding information within the
mailto URL that automatically fills in standard
email fields such as Subject or cc:. As of this writing, these
additional functions are only supported by Netscape 4.0, so use them
with caution and do lots of testing:
mailto:username@domain?subject=subject mailto:username@domain?cc=person1 mailto:username@domain?bcc=person2 mailto:username@domain?body=body
Additional variables are appended to the string with a
& as follows:
Spaces within subject lines need to be written as
%20 (the space character in hexadecimal notation).
The following is a sample mail link employing these additions:
<A HREF="mailto:email@example.com?subject=Like%20your%20book">Email for Jen</A>
FTP Link (ftp://)
You can link directly to a file on an FTP server. When ...