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Re: [vox-jobs] Database programmer needed / Web programmer needed



Rod Roark wrote:
On Wednesday 13 April 2005 10:13, John Marcotte wrote:

UNIX/Linux geeks
seem to hate HTML and believe that the majority of the world is
still using PINE on a regular basis.
I don't know anyone who believes that.  HTML is very popular
in Linux-land.   :-)
Though there are still many that prefer to only /receive/ plaintext, and will become disgruntled if they are not given the option. I'd recommend generating a plain-text equivalent when feasible, and send the message as multipart/alternative (both HTML /and/ plaintext in the same message). There are people who complain about that as well, but they really don't have a toe to stand on.

But this should have nothing to do with the mail managing software: any decent mailing list management software can most certainly send HTML. The difference is pretty much a simple content header. Anything that can't handle that is broken beyond belief.

If I were setting up a mailing list to send out advertisements that included graphics, though, I'd probably take pains to ensure that the graphics are included as part of the mail message, rather than simple links to graphics on your web server (as seems quite popular these days). People who still have dialup accounts often read their mail while they're offline; and even for those with always-on connections, some of the popular mail readers will not download external content by default.

I regret that I am completely unaware of what tools exist to enable you to do this, however. I know the standards, but not what implements them.

-Micah
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