Cecilia Farell (
Wed, 23 Aug 1995 13:58:05 -0400

At 11:30 08/23/95 BST-1, wrote:
>I'm an extreme novice at HTML and I have the temerity to suggest a "gap"
>in the language that might be easily and usefully filled.
>It's easy enough to create a straight "mailto" link but if the link is to
>a mailing list (such as LISTSERV types) or other mail driven resource, the
>user has to type in "SUBSCRIBE WHATEVER-L "John Doe" or something.
>How much better if this were to be automated :-)
>So, an extension would fill in the required details. It would get the main
>syntax from the HTML itself while the user's browser can provide the name
>and e-mail address (if required)
>My particular project is to make my "Emotional Support on the Internet"
>more accessible. Many of the support groups are mailing lists. To take a
>look at the *very* early prototype, check out:
>Hope I've been suggesting this in the right place. If it's necessary to
>subscribe to see the response, please can someone mail me and tell me how.
>Daniel W. Connolly just gave me the address.

Why not simply write a script that emails the contents of a fill-in form to
the LISTSERV or Majordom or whatever?

The user would input LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, and EMAIL ADDRESS in the form.
The script could either pass the input of a hidden field in the form as the
body of the message, or, if the subscription command needs the user's first
and last name, the script could generate the body of the message on the fly
taking the values from LAST NAME and FIST NAME.

Just an idea.


Cecilia Farell

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