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New lines in mails generated by php

7:30 pm on Oct 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I was wondering how I can best create new lines in mails via php. Should I add \n to the message or <br>?


7:38 pm on Oct 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It depends on what you make the MIME type.

If you have ="text/html"

Then <br /> will work..

If you have ="text/plain"

Then typing returns into the code itself should do the job of adding space.

7:48 pm on Oct 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Adding \n will give you a line break in the source code if you have a html MIME type, but wont give you a visual break in the browser. Using <br /> will give you a visual break.
11:50 pm on Oct 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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When making system-generated emails for my site (thanks for subscribing, etc) I usually set the body as a large text var like this:

$body = "Hello,
thanks for subscribing....

Also, may I mention that our forum is pack full of information....

More words here.....

Thanks again!



This method will generate a text email with line breaks wherever I put them in the $body var. It is easier to work with than "\n" and works on both HTML and plain text mail readers.

Hope that helps.