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Mail (4)


Mail - compose or mail a document


[file] Mail(in mediaType contents);
[file] Mail([out|inout] mediaType contents
[in title docName]);


Desktop Services Message Sets                                          Mail(4)

       Mail - compose or mail a document

       [file] Mail(in mediaType contents);
       [file] Mail([out|inout] mediaType contents
                   [in title docName]);

       The  Mail  request causes the handler to route a document to a destina-
       tion using the mail message handling system.  The handler is  responsi-
       ble for finding routing information in the document.

       When  the contents argument is of mode in, the handler must deliver the
       document as is, without interacting with the user.

       When the contents argument is of mode inout or out,  the  handler  must
       allow  the user to compose or edit the document (and any embedded rout-
       ing information) before it is delivered.  If the handling tool supports
       some  form  of  intermediate ``save'' operation, it must send a Deposit
       request back to the tool that initiated the Mail request.

       The contents argument is the contents of the document.  If  this  argu-
       ment is unset (in other words, has a value of (char *)0), then the con-
       tents of the document are in the  file  named  in  the  message's  file
       attribute.   The  data type (mediaType) of the contents argument should
       be string, unless nulls are valid in the given  media  type,  in  which
       case the data type must be bytes.

       The docName argument contains the name of the document.  If the docName
       argument is absent and the file attribute is set, the file name is con-
       sidered to be the title of the document.  This string would be suitable
       for display in a window title bar, for example.

       The ttmedia_ptype_declare(3) function can be used to register for,  and
       help process, this message.

       This message can be sent with the ttmedia_load(3) function.

       The ToolTalk service may return one of the following errors in process-
       ing the Mail request:

                The file that was alleged to contain  the  document  does  not

                The  in-mode  contents  argument  had  no  value  and the file
                attribute of the message was not set.

                The document is not a valid instance of the media type.

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | library/tooltalk |
       |Stability      | Committed        |

       ttmedia_ptype_declare(3), ttmedia_load(3); Intro, Edit requests.

ToolTalk 1.3                     1 March 1996                          Mail(4)