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March 29, 2011, 01:52:23 PM
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Sorry, I'm relatively new and excited, and the ideas are flowing...  Cheesy

I was thinking about how a lot of people have their bitcoin address posted on the web as a piece of text and it made me think of the "mailto" links that are available in HTML.

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<a href="mailto:bob@hotmail.com?subject=hello">Email me!</a>

Imagine if we could get Chrome (go Google!) or other browsers to accept the following as a valid link and launch your bitcoin client:

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<a href="payto:12HbhjqzxNNLjTVbEPkhzcPHLzXdN9sD8b?amount=0.01">Pay me!</a>

(Then of course you should hit a confirm button once your client presents the send window).

What would be involved in making this happen?

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March 29, 2011, 02:48:10 PM
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As much as I like the name "payto:" I think "bitcoin:" makes more sense. Plus it's pretty much standardized at this point, see URI Scheme on the wiki.

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March 29, 2011, 02:53:12 PM
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As much as I like the name "payto:" I think "bitcoin:" makes more sense. Plus it's pretty much standardized at this point, see URI Scheme on the wiki.

Oh cool thanks, hadn't seen that page before. Glad to see it's been thought of anyway.

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March 29, 2011, 04:17:38 PM
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Feature request is here:  https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/issues#issue/14

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March 30, 2011, 07:15:20 PM
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Not sure it makes sense for the wx client to be holding back intentionally. bitcoin URIs are already supported by at least 2 other user interfaces.

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March 30, 2011, 07:26:34 PM
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Not sure it makes sense for the wx client to be holding back intentionally. bitcoin URIs are already supported by at least 2 other user interfaces.
AFAIK, it isn't being held back intentionally, just no one has implemented it and sent a pull request yet.

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