What happened to mailto in Safari 6.0

Posted on 2012-08-12
Last Modified: 2012-08-21
This link: <A HREF=""></a> doesn't work anymore in Safari 6.0. Instead of Outlook opening up with the email address in the "To" field, it just opens up a blank page. How can I fix this?
Question by:brucegust
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    Expert Comment

    Shouldn't this be sort of

    <a><A HREF=""></a> OR

    <A HREF=""><a></a>

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    Assisted Solution

    Are you using Safari on your Mac or on Windows? On Windows I would replace it, because Apple doesn't support Safari on a Mac anymore,

    Tested it on my Macbook. Try :
    <a href="">Mail me</a>

    This is what I use, and on Safari 6.0 on my Mac it functions.
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Ray Paseur
    You might look at program associations and default mail client settings.  On my machine, I have mailto associated with Gmail instead of Outlook.

    You might also want to ask a moderator to remove PHP from this inquiry and add the HTML zone (maybe there is an email zone, too?)

    Maybe some of these will be helpful...

    Author Comment

    Here's what I tried and got the exact same dynamic...

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
    <html xmlns="">
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
    <title>Untitled Document</title>

    <a href="">Mail me</a>

    When I clicked on the link, it opened up as another page. Have no idea how or why this is happening...

    Fact is, it's never been an issue. This has worked on all platforms until I tried this on Safari 6. Any other thoughts?

    Author Comment

    BTW: I added target="_blank" as well as mailto:// and neither of those two additions helped. I got the same result.
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    Accepted Solution

    This HTML appears to be correct.

    <a href="">Mail me</a>

    You might find the germ of an idea in the thread of discussions here.  You might also want to open a question in the Apple Support Communities.  Be sure and tell them the computer and OS you are using, and give them a link to a public-facing web page that contains the HTML that demonstrates the issue.

    Author Comment

    I think I figured it out. I recently updated my operating system to Mountain Lion which doesn't support PowerPC programs rendering my Entourage useless. I'm thinking the link, which would otherwise work, because Entourage isn't working, results in getting the webpage.

    Oh well...

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