email subject line

Posted on 1998-11-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-25
I know the following HTML:
<A HREF="">
Mail me.</a>
But this doesn't seem to work with MSOutlook.
Any ideas?
Question by:englishman
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3

Accepted Solution

dangel earned 30 total points
ID: 1856714
I know how frustrated it is to work on some suppose to work codes for hours and get no where, unfortunatelly, this is the case.
Let me quote from The Complete Reference HTML published by Osborne:
Some browsers have introduced proprietary extensions to the mailto element, such as the '?subject' extensions.  These extensions are not standard as of this writing and will cause other browsers to be unable to send e-mail using the link.  There is work underway on standardizing extensions to the mailto element, but for now use of the proprietary extensions is discouranged.
Guess we just have to wait til Microsoft make Outlook and IE compatible soon :)

Author Comment

ID: 1856715
I guess this means it is not possible - any workarounds at all anyone?
Or is this the bottom line?

Expert Comment

ID: 1856716
If you are using NT Server and running IIS, then you can use CDO to create forms where visitors can send you E-mail through browser without E-mail client.  It's is very simple.  You can have To:, From:, Cc:, Bcc:, subject, body, attachfile and other options with CDO.
If you know ASP, this is the best I can think of.  The following is a very simple example:

Set objMail=CreateObject("CDONTS.NewMail")
objMail.Send ("", "", "Using CDO", "CDO is easy to use and increases productivity of your website.")
Set ObjMail=Nothing

This example is CDO at its simplest form, you can enhance it with many other options.  I am not sure if this URL is still valid since MSDN often replace their articles, try .  If it's not there, take a look at the book called Professional ASP 2.0 and you can find valuable resources on using CDO.  Let me know if you have more questions and I'll try to help out :)
Online Training Solution

Drastically shorten your training time with WalkMe's advanced online training solution that Guides your trainees to action. Forget about retraining and skyrocket knowledge retention rates.


Author Comment

ID: 1856717

Expert Comment

ID: 1856718
Just wondering how you are doing with CDO :)  Isn't it cool?  The first time I got to know it, I spent 2 days sitting in front of my computer implementing it to my site.  It's great!  Hope you enjoy it :)

Author Comment

ID: 1856719
not doing it - decided it is easier to make a new page with a new form containing the "subject line" as a field and avoid this whole problem. Mind you I may check it out if work gives me the time - and thanks a lot

Featured Post

Creating Instructional Tutorials  

For Any Use & On Any Platform

Contextual Guidance at the moment of need helps your employees/users adopt software o& achieve even the most complex tasks instantly. Boost knowledge retention, software adoption & employee engagement with easy solution.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Easy responsive table out of existing table 28 62
Tracking uptime for a bunch of sites 3 75
asp web application 3 43
locate sql commands in C# visual studio Project 6 45
When it comes to write a Context Sensitive Help (an online help that is obtained from a specific point in state of software to provide help with that state) ,  first we need to make the file that contains all topics, which are given exclusive IDs. …
When crafting your “Why Us” page, there are a plethora of pitfalls to avoid. Follow these five tips, and you’ll be well on your way to creating an effective page.
Viewers will get an overview of the benefits and risks of using Bitcoin to accept payments. What Bitcoin is: Legality: Risks: Benefits: Which businesses are best suited?: Other things you should know: How to get started:
The viewer will get a basic understanding of what section 508 compliance can entail, learn about skip navigation links, alt text, transcripts, and font size controls.

730 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question