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Create HTML signatures for Mail.app Apps
If you're looking to jazz up you Mail signature, try this:
  1. Ensure you have one signature setup in Mail
  2. Quit Mail
  3. Create a web page in your favorite editor
  4. Open the page in Safari
  5. Save the page as a web archive
  6. Place the web archive in the ~/Library -> Mail -> Signatures directory, renaming it to match the signature you want to replace.
Note: You may have to open the plist file to determine which webarchive maps to your signature name, based on the number of signatures. Have fun!

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one ... just remember to keep your signatures of a reasonable size, and realize that some folks (myself included) may not see your signature due to plain text mail setttings...]
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Just say no to HTML so-called "email"
Authored by: merlyn on Jul 15, '05 08:32:39AM

Keep in mind that there's a large population out there that can not or will not read your HTML signature (such as me). Therefore, if you include things in your "HTML Email Signature" that aren't also in your plain text signature, they won't be seen.

HTML is not email. Please keep HTML in web pages, and leave email as plain text.



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Just say no to HTML so-called "email"
Authored by: mnb on Jul 15, '05 02:39:39PM

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I'm not a fan of html only mail because some readers don't display it properly. But I'm not against html email in general. There's nothign wrong with using basic html to format a document to make it appear and read nicer. I'd rather it not be loaded with references to many images and god forbid flash or schlockwave, but that's for another time.

I don't agree the email should be plain text only. I don't have to make mail I send via the USPS plain text only. I can use colored pens, calligraphy, individually cut out letters pasted on, whatever. Using formatted text is a problem for CLI based readers, though. Mail clients need to provide a good alternative mime part that is individually editable (if necessary) for plain text users.
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Just say no to HTML so-called "email"
Authored by: 5chm31din6 on Jul 15, '05 07:03:12PM

Both views are valid, but I think the point of keeping email plain-text only is that to this day the number one broadband-sucking use of the internet(s) is (drum roll): email.

I can't stand waiting for an email to download only to find that it took longer because my stupid COO thought it was cool to have his photo as part of his signature, which incidentally was a scan of his real signature. Blargh.

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Just say no to HTML so-called "email"
Authored by: merlyn on Jul 16, '05 05:15:29AM
If you're unable to say to me what you need to say to me without using plain text, don't bother sending me email, because you're lame as a communicator.

Really. Plain text works. If it takes more than that, it's an ad, and I don't need it from you. That's why many people filter HTML email: because it means the sender is lame.

Now, on a web board, I may choose to add links to my home page, but that's because the web is hyperlinked. Email is not, and should not be.

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Just say no to plain-text "email"
Authored by: genericuser on Dec 12, '05 04:42:58PM

nobody really cares if you prefer plain text or not, plain text is being phased out, not all html is ads its only a matter of time before plain text is a thing of the past then you'll be forced to look at advertisements lol




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Just say no to plain-text "email"
Authored by: jump420 on Feb 16, '06 03:30:40PM

plain text is boring! and you sound boring! HTML! HTML!



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10.4-only
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Jul 15, '05 10:13:26AM

In addition to the previous comment, with which I wholeheartedly agree, keep in mind that this tip really should have been marked 10.4-only, as Safari 1.3 can't save web archives....



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Create HTML signatures for Mail.app
Authored by: ChrisAllison on Jul 15, '05 04:04:47PM

This hint is set as member's only.



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cut and paste
Authored by: jbolden1517 on Jul 16, '05 02:16:18AM

Cut and paste also works fine for signatures. You can paste html or graphics into the signature box. You don't have to go to all the trouble of gaming the system.



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cut and paste
Authored by: davidg on Jul 20, '05 11:24:39PM

Does it?
When I try it it will paste it into the signature text field (in the preferences dialog) but when I try to use the signature it is blank.
What am I doing wrong???



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cut and paste
Authored by: jjbud on Sep 21, '05 11:04:56PM

cut and paste does not seem to work. just uses the html code for my signature.. sees it as plain text



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Great! Finally a way to do HTML Mails
Authored by: tice on Jul 16, '05 09:26:12AM
I never understand those HTML-Mail haters.

To format a nice Mail with pictures and links (and i don't mean those http://www.macosxhints.com/comment.php?sid=20050706181449478&pid=0&type=article kind of links) is just better.

I'm nat afraid of some spooky kind of Windows-trapped-E-mail-included-wonderwhat-mail-viruses.

Anyway, thanks for the hint, I like it! : )

BTW: This text is HTML Formatted! ; )

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Just say "NO" to html email
Authored by: rhowell on Jul 16, '05 01:45:43PM

Anybody know how to make Apple Mail's View>Message>Plain Text Alternative option the default for all applicable incoming email messages?



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Just say "NO" to html email
Authored by: rhowell on Jul 16, '05 01:51:52PM

Oops! Found it!

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030711201917175



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link pictures
Authored by: thorsten.b on Jul 21, '05 09:08:05AM

to reduce the size of html-mails it would be super-nice if only links to pictures etc. could be included; so I mean you only send the html code which links to a picture on a web server.
Would that work? Would the one who receives the mail actually see the picture?
And, how would such a html-link-signature be done in mail.app?



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link pictures
Authored by: spinboy on Jul 21, '05 09:43:42PM

You're exactly right. I'm a multimedia puke specifically for an energy education department at a local college. We send out industry related newsletters and program offerings via e-mail to related individuals & companies that request to get this info via third party energy co-op sort of group.

The last one we sent was to 80,000 addresses; they're all HTML with a text alternative for those that prefer it, and no files are actually sent to the recipient. All images, style sheets etc, are published to an external web server that feeds them to what is essentially nothing more than an E-mail of html code. If you get any of the Apple HTML e-mails change the view of a message to raw source and you'll see they do the same thing.

For those that have taken it upon themselves to decree that e-mail should be text only - if you've reached a point in your life where non-text only e-mail is what drives you crazy - switch to decaf and lose one of your monthly online porn memberships - it'll more than pay for BROADBAND!



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link pictures
Authored by: tice on Dec 07, '05 01:08:00PM

Try Command/ i in Safari! ; )



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Create HTML signatures for Mail.app
Authored by: bluehz on Dec 14, '05 03:15:08AM

For anyone having trouble getting this to work - your message body must have some styled text (rich text) in it for the HTML sig to be attached. You can even do a space char and embolden that and it will work. This was giving me a lot of grief - I was sending myself test msgs trying to get it to work and it would never work - because I was sending myself blank msgs. Once I threw in a styled char into the msg body it started working perfectly.



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Create HTML signatures for Mail.app
Authored by: kirkwc on Mar 18, '06 08:45:15AM

Is this for only 10.4 ? I cannot seem to get this to work with 10.3 (OS). Just the HTML code is visible - sent numerous test messages to no avail.


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Create HTML signatures for Mail.app
Authored by: StarryGordon on Sep 06, '06 03:41:43PM

Plain text may be boring, but since a lot of spammers now use HTML, Javascript and images to try to conceal the fact that they're sending spam, a lot of mail readers block HTML, especially if it contains scripts or images. Your pretty mail may not be going anywhere. If it matters.



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Create HTML signatures for Mail.app
Authored by: Skeeve on Jan 13, '07 04:01:42AM

Thanks for the tipp! It's really useful as I have to use a HTML signature (company policy).



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Create HTML signatures for Mail.app
Authored by: Your kidding me on Dec 06, '11 04:02:52AM

Followed the instructions, but the image is not showing up, have used absolute file path to server...
Anyone else with the same problem?



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