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They do this because they are guaranteed an accurate email address, which is not true with a CGI form. But now I understand that some mail clients may misfire on this code.
Does anyone have the scoop on the risks and tradeoffs here?
This is the RFC (request for comment) that details the spec for it.
Since it is a RFC, it is not a Netscape thing, but an Internet standard. Tools that understand URLs are supposed to understand this syntax.
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