|Tip: Handling mailto: Links in Firefox 3
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Resources such as this
one explain how to setup Firefox 2.0.x to use kmail to send email from
"mailto:" links. However, compatibility with this scheme was broken in
Firefox 3, as evident from
bug #428658 - "network.protocol-handler.app.mailto" users need to
The solution I found is to access
"Edit → Preferences → Applications → mailto" and select the appropriate
application there. This seems to work for Firefox 3.
Firefox 3.0 introduced support for webmail and not only desktop mail clients, and this is the only reason why the scheme have been changed.
Next version of Firefox, 3.0.2, which is expected to appear next week will add built-in support for using gmail as default mail application for must users.
2008-09-11 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, broken (Re: Not broken, just changed)
Tomer, when you upgrade software and your old hand-crafted settings are ignored, that's called broken. If I have already specified my preferred mailto handler, setting it to GMail as part of an upgrade is a bug. Plain and simple.
According to the bug Shlomi referenced, BTW, the reason was not the introduction of Webmail clients, but a new cross-platform preferences system. This makes more sense, but still, the upgrade should have translated the old preference to the new system.