Enabling mailto: in Firefox

As of Firefox 1.0.6 (Debian), FF still does not respond to email links in webpages. I have no clue why configuration of an external email program isn't built into FF's preferences yet, but it's simple enough to configure if you haven't already done so.

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(1.) Open Firefox, type "about:config" (no quotes) in the address window, and click enter.
(2.) Right click on the window and choose <New>, then <String> from the pop-up menu that appears.
(3.) In the first pop-up box, enter: "network.protocol-handler.app.mailto" (no quotes, and it might just be easier to cut 'n paste this into the box).
(4.) In the next pop-up box enter the path to Thunderbird, or another email client (e.g. "/usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird").
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That should do it. If not:
(1.) Verify that your path to the email application is correct (e.g. "whereis mozilla-thunderbird" from a console window)
(2.) In about:config verify that "network.protocol-handler.external.mailto" is set as Boolean / True (that's the default AFAIK, so this shouldn't be set to False unless you've changed it).

- T.

Comments

Re:Enabling mailto: in Firefox

Unfortunately, there's no equivalent program for KDE.

- T.

Re:Enabling mailto: in Firefox

[quote="tlyons"]Has 1.0.7 added a Preferences config for mail, or is it using Evo because of it being your default Gnome email client?
- T.[/quote]

Probably the latter - I've got mozilla-firefox-gnome-support installed - that probably added mailto: functionality.

Re:Enabling mailto: in Firefox

I've read messages that at least as far as 1.0.4 some FF users still could not activate email links. I don't recall how many updates of FF I've had with this computer running Debian Etch, but it still didn't have functioning email links (I only noticed yesterday).

Has 1.0.7 added a Preferences config for mail, or is it using Evo because of it being your default Gnome email client?

- T.

Re:Enabling mailto: in Firefox

Hmm - I'm using FF 1.0.7 on Debian Sid and when I click on a mailto: link, Evolution opens up a new message window. I didn't have to do anything special. IIRC, it worked when I was using earlier FF's too.