mailTo widget in HTML 5

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mailTo widget in HTML 5

Postby Terry Sayers » Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:01 am

I have created a very simple page to test the mailto widget before I create a full lesson that includes sending an email. The simple page works great when in SB but I want to export this as HTML for use on the web. I used the HTML 5 converter but now the mailto does not work. Am I doing something wrong or does mailto not work from an HTML page.
Terry Sayers
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Re: mailTo widget in HTML 5

Postby Nav » Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:47 am

Hi Terry,
Great question! You can see which objects are supported by the HTML5 Converter on this page -

The Email Object is not one of them, unfortunately. However, mailto is a very simple concept, and you can set up a hyperlink to do much the same thing! Keep in mind that mailto will only launch the default email client, it will not automatically send an email.

If I wanted to create a simple mailto link, that's easy. Just put some text, a button, whatever on the page, and set the hyperlink (globe icon in the top right area) to Note that you cannot use the @ symbol, and must use %40 instead.

If you wanted to send along a subject or other information to the email client, you can add that in there using this format (%20 being spaces) -

More info on what you can send with the mailto link can be found here -

You can try out my test here -

If you want to get really fancy, and send dynamic values in the subject or the body, this might be possible, but will require a post-production edit (I haven't tested it yet).

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