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Question: Is this a good idea
Yes - 46 (85.2%)
No - 1 (1.9%)
Maybe - 7 (13%)
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August 05, 2010, 06:01:30 AM
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Everyone seems to be posting btc address's everywhere and relying on people copying them into bitcoin manually.  May I suggest we associate a "protocol" similar to "mailto" or "torrent" that causes bit coin to launch and bring up the "send to" dialog and fill in the relevant fields?    This would make it easy to replace the addresses in our signatures with a meaningful link.

For example: bitcoin://btcaddress?name=bytemaster,amount=100.05

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August 05, 2010, 06:37:23 AM
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Hey just wanted to point out real quick this is being discussed already @ http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=55.0 but, without a poll.Would be nice to know if the whole community thinks this is a good idea or not. I figure the answer will be yes but, we shall see.

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August 05, 2010, 09:45:17 AM
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This would be excellent.It works for bittorrent so why not for bitcoins?
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August 10, 2010, 02:37:38 PM
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It would be a great idea, so I definitely vote yes

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February 12, 2011, 10:54:48 AM
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Code wins. It just needs somebody to go ahead and implement it.
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February 12, 2011, 11:52:41 AM
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change bitcoin to btc://

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February 12, 2011, 05:14:51 PM
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Sounds good, just make sure that bitcoin throws a confirmation dialogue before transferring  Wink

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February 12, 2011, 06:47:40 PM
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Anybody know how to make the browser part for firefox & chrome that will trigger program X with the URL? If so, then PM me and I'll implement this.

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February 14, 2011, 02:06:53 PM
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in firefox go to optiones aplications and there u see the extensions =)

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February 14, 2011, 08:44:47 PM
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I like the idea...I prefer btc:// to bitcoins:// ...I would also add that there should be a button in the client to allow one to generate a payment URL for a specific amount that would be copied to a clipboard (and by default, a new address should be created each time too).  I also think for mass adoption, a simplified UI that hides some of the technical details of bitcoin addresses and such is needed (I'd prefer one client with different UI modes...one for casual users that simply trust the whole systems works...and another for experts that want to see all the technical details).

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February 15, 2011, 12:30:01 AM
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bitcoin-js-remote already does this in the format bitcoin:<address>[?][amount=<size>][&][label=<label>][&][message=<message>]

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February 15, 2011, 12:36:10 AM
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Does this help? https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/The%20protocol%20is%20not%20associated%20with%20any%20program
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February 20, 2011, 12:29:49 PM
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There should be a format just to add someone's address info, and one for actually triggering the send coin dialog (like suggested above, it prefills the fields with suggested values, but doesn't actually try to send any amount unless the client is set to do so (might be usefull for some people i guess) )

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February 20, 2011, 01:12:35 PM
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You don't need to use bitcoin://address. bitcoin:address works fine in firefox and you can use the URI scheme from
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/URI_Scheme (used by js-remote)

There should be a format just to add someone's address info, and one for actually triggering the send coin dialog (like suggested above, it prefills the fields with suggested values, but doesn't actually try to send any amount unless the client is set to do so (might be usefull for some people i guess) )

js-remote always pre-fills fields and offers to send when both amount and address is set. Feel free to try out the demo to see how it works.
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February 20, 2011, 04:17:49 PM
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As pointed out by other users bitcoin:// would imply a hierarchical structure (like URLs) while bitcoin: is preferred since the Address is a first level citizen while all other parameters are optional. BTW it's not an invention of js-remote, we discussed it a long time ago, but I'm happy that they adopted it ^^

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February 20, 2011, 07:21:27 PM
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Anybody know how to make the browser part for firefox & chrome that will trigger program X with the URL? If so, then PM me and I'll implement this.

See http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1877.0 for NSIS installer script code to register the URL handler under Windows, as well as pointers to interfaces for doing it on other platforms.

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February 20, 2011, 07:48:00 PM
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thanks for that + the PM

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