Re: Posting from a message1997-06-12 11:34:31
(List note: this is a reply to a private mailing).
From what I understand I intended to use my own cgi because that wayI can use the original message id in the reply, which I assumed was the way to ensure mhonarc gets its threading right. Q. If I use the mailto method and the user does not change the subject, then will mhonarc still get the threading right ?.
Yes, as long as the In-Reply-To and/or References header fields are defined correctly. I believe the new mailto format is intended to support this. The only gotcha may be that not all WWW clients support the later mailto format.
Q. If he changes the subject in the reply (using the mailto) then there is no way mhonarc can thread against the original. ?
Not true. In-Reply-To and References checks are always made first. Subjects are only used when they are not present.
My users are not computer literate and will change the subject line and may still expect threading.
As long as In-Reply-To and/or References are defined in the messages properly, subjects are irrelevant. You might want to check out the Threading section of the FAQ.
I now plan to use both ways !, a cgi for replying to messages, which will allow the user to change the subject, and a general mailto link link of the index pages which is not in reply to any particular message, but to a particular mail address for each forum ( I need multiple mail discussion groups ). Obviously I could use a cgi for both, but using a mailto means I don't have to do the posting from my server and there is less chance of the user getting his email address wrong (my users are not computer literate!). Am I off beam here ?.
I still think you have your balance. See http://www.rosat.mpe-garching.mpg.de/mailing-lists/mhonarc/1997-04/msg00107.html and related messages about mailto stuff.
This is a good example of using mailto. Just do a simple find for "mailto". --ewh