Re: Integrating WWW with mail

Neal Holtz (
Tue, 13 Apr 93 13:50:18 EDT

Francis Heylighen writes:
> ... It
> would be interesting if I read an interesting document that I could
> directly contact the author without leaving my WWW browser.
> One intuitive way to implement this would be that if I select the person's
> name (or email address) I would get a dialogue in which I can compose an
> email message. ...

This would be very nice. Along those same lines, the Lynx stuff from the
University of Kansas has the interesting concept of file "ownership". A special
tag gives the email address of the owner of the file, and the hypertext
browsers allow you to send them mail. This is really a subset of the idea
proposed above, but it might be useful to have that concept of ownership
without any explicit reference in the text.

> Of course, this implies that the appropriate email protocol (SMTP?) would
> be incorporated in HTTP. But that can remain hidden from the user.

Couldn't the various browsers just use the existing mail delivery mechanisms
and programs?

Prof. Neal Holtz,  Dept. of Civil Eng.,  Carleton University,  Ottawa,  Canada
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