[thelist] HTML E-mails

Pete Prodoehl pete.prodoehl at cygnusinteractive.com
Tue Mar 16 14:04:42 CST 2004

Shawn K. Quinn wrote:
> On Tuesday 2004 March 16 11:50, live4bacon at optonline.net wrote:
>>I have been charged with creating some html driven e-mail for my
>>employer and I was curious as to whether or not you all could point
>>me to some good resources listing pitfalls, good practices, things to
>>aviod, etc. regarding this matter.
> The best advice I can give is to have a plain text version as well, and 
> not with multipart/alternative either (which defeats the entire purpose 
> as now everbody gets both HTML and plain text, leading to even more 
> bloat).

I think multipart/alternative is an ok compromise. (Yes, there's still 
the bloat issue...) It can get confusing for non-technical users to have 
to choose between a text or html version. I've been pushing for better 
design of the text portion of multipart/alternative newsletters, as it's 
often forgotten by designers. I use Thunderbird which allows you to 
easily toggle between viewing the email as HTML or as plain text.


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