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Send HTML with embedded images emails from Mail
Authored by: Elander on Apr 11, '07 05:50:51AM

First: this is not as easy as it seems.
This hint will get you into trouble if you use any characters outside the 7-bit ASCII set. To make HTML-mail functional, you have to make sure that all the parts of your mail (including the plain text version that is always included) are using UTF-8. You can't use any other setting, since file names of your attachments are all UTF-8 by default; that's what the file system in Mac OS X is using. Unfortunately this messes the message up in Hotmail, since Hotmail only supports sending in UTF-8, not receiving. The only way I know of that works, in setting the character encodings in all the parts, is by manually editing Mail.plist.

Second: HTML-mail is bad, and getting worse. The new version of Outlook will be using the same rendering as Word, instead of the Internet Explorer renderer it currently uses. This means that a lot of formatting options will go away (CSS for example). Lotus Notes can't handle HTML, Hotmail and GMail sucks at it and Eudora still doesn't support CSS.

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/elander



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