try phpmailer from http://phpmailer.sourceforge.net
From: JeRRy <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Re: [PHP-DB] Plain-text or HTML?
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 10:25:18 +1100 (EST)
I have created several successful HTML and text based emails.. Its a
secret called multipart MIME. The essence of email really. Just as an
attachment is "embedded" into the same file as the images, html part and
textual part. All you have to do is using 2 seperate boundaries, write
out a textual [no HTML formatting, etc, use correct newlines etc] version
out and then using same content write it into a HTML template version
that can include formatting etc.. Ensure all images used are also
encoded and added as multipart MIME segments. All this can be
generally easily done via some email clients themselves. For example
Microsoft's Outlook Express does multipart HTML/Text emails. If you
just go and create a new email in Outlook and type out your content in
HTML format [ensure you've selected Format->Rich Text HTML] Then save it
and grab the message source, you will clearly see the boundaries it has
defined for the alternative MIME part
[the text/html] and the text/plain part. Simply reformat the
text/plain part a bit if you want. Voila.. in most cases thats ready
to rumble .. use it as an example of how to work it into your own email
generation functions in php. Works a charm for me ;-) Good luck,
let me know how you go!
Thanks for that, now I understand how it works. Seen the code, now I will
play with it a bit. Did a few tests and found on some cases the following:
1- Yahoo! Mail is tricky to have HTML emails for, some emails, unless
carefully designed, come out dodgy in formation when you view the email in
Yahoo! Mail Web Format.
2- Hotmail seems to like HTML and has a better understanding of how to
manage the emails in their Mail Live! Program
3- Outlook loves HTML and uses it cutely
4- Another web based email at www.tasmail.com formats funny and opens the
html email in an attachment, does not always display good.
5- www.rock.com webmail dislikes HTML even though they claim HTML emails
So the end result is some like some don't, some like to a degree and some
don't. There does not seem to be a good solution even with formatting in
HTML format. I'm just wondering how companies like Yahoo! and Hotmail send
theirs out, tried viewing their source but sometimes their tricky. And
being an owner of the servers they have more power over how emails are sent
Sure they have a source email but they can shade out reply, add more code
somewhere hidden etc away from the source area. But their emails seem to
come out fine, even when you redirect the emails to a email that does not
like HTML a real lot they seem to display as they should.
I know of a few programs on the net for plain-text to html emails, but the
free ones are not a good solution, not sure of the paid ones.
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