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mailto: long email from email

Posted on 2009-04-02
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I have a webform that will create an email with a link in it that the recipient can click on to open a new pre-populated email to group mailbox.

you can think of this as creating a request to a manager, then the manager approves or denies the request and sends it off to the processors.

the problem I am having is that the message is sometimes too long, and when a user clicks on the link a new message window will not open in outlook.  It looks like Microsoft can only handle hyperlinks of 1033 characters or less (including the markup for formatting)

Is there a solution to this or a workaround?  solution should work on Windows xp, with Outlook 2003

{HYPERLINK "mailto:mail@address.com?subject=myRequest&body=1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890}

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I could not find a solution on those sites, I realize I may be using the protocol wrong by forming my entire email in the mailto: but is there a different way?
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I am still searching for a solution to this, is it possible to make something outlook specific to open a new email?
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The mailto: link in the email is not flexible enough for the solution I need.  There is no way to create a new email from a hyperlink inside another email.  I am switching to a database backed page with a unique querystring for the users to vote on the page.  or just send a query to the page and it will log the response.

the other option I found was to use the Outlook voting system.  That solution would work, but only for organizations that use outlook 2003+ and an exchange server.
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