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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

MailTo Syntax


MailTo   Syntax


  • It is recommended that you use a process other than MailTo handle the e-mail process from your web site.
  • If you do use MailTo, please encode the included e-mail address(s) to reduce the spam for that address.
    One routine to assist encoding and e-mail address is available at:

The MailTo command can do more than enter a single e-mail address in the "Send To" field while activating your e-mail program. It can also:




Address message to multiple recipients

,   (comma separating e-mail addresses)

Add entry in the "Subject" field

subject=Subject Field Text

Add entry in the "Copy To" or "CC" field


Add entry in the "Blind Copy To" or "BCC" field


Add entry in the "Body" field

body=Your message here
Within the body use "%0A" for a new line,
use "%0A%0A" for a new line preceded by a blank line (paragraph),
see example below.


" " (beginning and ending double quotes) are necessary if any spaces are used

Mailto parameter should be preceded by "?" for the first or only parameter and "&" for second and subsequent parameter.

Some examples, with actual HTML Code included, follow:

Simple MailTo

<a href="">

MailTo with Multiple Recipients

<a href=",ASTARK1@UNL.EDU">

MailTo with Subject

<a href=" from MailTo Syntax Page">

MailTo with a Copy

<a href="">

MailTo with a Blind Copy

<a href="">

MailTo with message already started in Body

<a href=" am having trouble finding information on ">

MailTo with multiline message in Body

<a href=" message's first paragraph.%0A%0aSecond paragraph.%0A%0AThird Paragraph.">
NOTE: Use "%0A" for a new line, use "%0A%0A" for a new line preceded by a blank line.

Features may be used in combination

MailTo with Subject, a Recipient, a Copy and a Blind Copy
<a href=" Comments&cc=ASTARK1@UNL.EDU&bcc=id@internet.node">

Remember to use only one ? (question mark), when providing multiple entries beyond e-mail address


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