Please report any other irregularities here.
When I put a link for email on my website, and tried to access it with a compiliation of mozilla that didn't have mail/news built in, I got an error that said there was no mailto protocol.
I'm curious about that. I mean, shouldn't we expect the mailto: *not* to work *because* there is no mail/news element installed? Without the mail/news component installed, mozilla probably wouldn't know how to handle the mailto: request.
jeremiah, what do you think is a bug about the behavior that you describe?
Yes, i would expect that mailto: should not work when there is no mail/news element installed. However I think it should be concidered a bug for mozilla to complain about mailto: not being a protocol. While clicking on the mailto: link shouldn't work, mozilla probably shouldn't have a problem with the link if there is no mail/news element, just as netscape standalone doesn't complain about mailto: links, but still doesn't let me send mail through them.
I'm not going to compile Mozilla without Mailnews to verify this, but I suspect that the error message says "mailto: is not a *registered* protocol" (emphasis mine). And if you don't have Mailnews installed, that's exactly true. There is no mailto: protocol handler, so mailto: is not a registered protocol. I still don't see a bug here.
Seems to me that mozilla's just telling you something straight out. There's no mailto: protocol because there's nothing to handle it, if you haven't installed the mail/news element. In that situation, perhaps mozilla could "reference" to the user's OS, asking what's the default mail reader so if you didn't install mozilla's mail/news, it'd automatically go somewhere else (eg. Eudora)?
Bug 11459 covers being able to use external mail clients or webmail for mailto: URLs.
I think that this is a wontfix or a duplicate of 11459. marking it duplicate. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 11459 ***
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 18 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Sorry for the spam. New QA Contact for Browser General. Thanks for your help Joseph (good luck with the new job) and welcome aboard Doron Rosenberg
QA Contact: jelwell → doronr
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
->networking QA reviewed. Testcases and documentation done.
Component: Browser-General → Networking
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