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How to make sure Mail sends font info with messages
Authored by: Roquentin on Nov 25, '08 03:10:30PM

I don't know what version of Mail.app you're using, but the current version does specify both font face and font size when sending rich text messages; however, this occurs only if you make a change to the default font face and font size. For example, if you start a new rich text message and enter text without changing font face or font size, it actually gets sent as plaintext. If you change just the font face, then Mail will specify that font face, but not the font size. If you change only the size, then it'll specify the relative size but not the face. And so on.

Obviously, if the font isn't installed on the recipient's computer, the font face is ignored. However, most email clients will honor the code specifying relative font size and will apply it to whatever font face the client falls back to in the absence of the installed font.

This sort of question isn't unique to email, of course. It also affects rendering of fonts via the web, so none of this should come as any surprise to anyone who has been using the old intertubes for a while. In the future, when more browsers support CSS @font-face rules, we'll see much more true embedded fonts, and I wouldn't be surprised to see that functionality make its way to email clients, eventually.



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