Re: Mail addresses as URLs (Marc Andreessen)
Date: Wed, 12 May 93 00:36:33 -0500
From: (Marc Andreessen)
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To: Marc VanHeyningen <>
Subject: Re: Mail addresses as URLs 
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General comments...

smtp is not only cryptic but also not wholly appropriate -- one never
gets information *from* smtp the protocol, and the act of simply
firing off a mail message via the system mailer doesn't really have
anything to do with smtp anyway.

mailto is the most appropriate one I can think of -- mail should be
reserved for reading mailboxes, for if and when that becomes an issue.

It makes little sense to mangle the address into something like
mailto://; what happens with nonstandard addresses
such as uunet!foobaz! or or
some of the more cryptic addresses (e.g., gatewayed through Sprintmail
-- anyone seen one of those yet?  strange stuff...) that are starting
to pop up?  Sure, there can be mappings established, but why bother?

<a href="">Marc</a>