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I've been researching the proper way to send it out so that all recipients recieve a legible email regardless of how/where they choose to view it. The problem is that most sites I've come across only detail portions of this issue.
So, does anyone know if a resource that details everything we need to do to make sure our html emails are viewable by the most readers possible?
Try to give the recipient the option for html or ascii e-mail. I know that it is an annoyance to me if I cannot retrieve all the files on my dial-up connection as i'm offline when I view the mail.
You might want to consult the most recent RFC [dmoz.org] for MIME headers to look up the details. Assuming you can handle some serious techno-babble, anyway...;)
Some large corporations that I have received mailings from use the approach to create the HTML mailing and add a comment at the top of the code that states something like, "If you can not view our HTML newsletter, please open your browser and visit -->LINK." It is somewhat effective but find that recipients of this type of mailing get irritated by being forced to do something that they had not intended to do.
Take a look at the situation objectively. If you have elected to turn off your HTML capabilities in your email client to save download time and your favorite newsletter suddenly came presented only in HTML format - would that please you, irritate you, or make no difference?
Do you just send an html coded web page? How exactly does one send html e-mails?
Thanx in advance,
There are some email clients that make it much more simple to compile and handle lists from Access, Excel, etc. Easy database management and list maintenance. Not too pricey either.
Some older email programs do give it trouble (they might see a text message with html code). But you can minimize this by selecting certain domains (like aol) to only get the text version.