html page mail link to webmail program

Akira Li 4kir4.1i at
Fri Nov 28 06:09:04 CET 2014

Ethan Furman <ethan at> writes:

> On 11/11/2014 05:08 PM, Ben Finney wrote:
>> Ethan Furman <ethan at> writes:
>>> My wife (using a Win7 machine) will be on a web page that has a link
>>> to mail somebody.  She clicks on it, and it opens the currently
>>> installed but unused Thunderbird.
>>> Ideally, what would happen is a new window/tab would open to gmail
>>> with a new compose window with the email address in place and the
>>> cursor in the subject line.
>> What is the Python question? I can't see anywhere that you would be
>> using Python code to address this.
> Really?  Huh.
> Okay, the explicit Python question:  Clicking on a mail link in a web
> browser can start an external program.  I would like that external
> program to be a Python script that: opens a new tab in the currently
> running browser (or a new default browser window), loads up the
> default web mail client (or one specified if there is no way to
> know/have a default), navigates to the compose pane (or starts there
> if possible), enters in the email address from the link that was
> passed to it, and, if not too much more, move the cursor to the
> subject field.
> Surely this can be done in Python.
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