[thelist] Newsletter as HTML Email

Barney Carroll barney at textmatters.com
Wed Jan 31 11:18:59 CST 2007

Emphasise the RSS feed. The way I use feeds (via Thunderbird, my email 
client), RSS feeds are mailing lists plus. In fact with RSS I no longer 
see the point in mailing lists.

If you don't have a mail client as good as Thunderbird (the upcoming 
Outlook will not support any degree of complex CSS, and will instead try 
to propagate a new Microsoft-proprietary Word-based XML language for 
'rich' emails), then you can get cleverly tagged XML RSS that will give 
you a text equivalent, or just a title and description, before you 
follow the link to the actual URL (or not).

With Windows and Apple building RSS-readers into their OSs (it took 
Vista's dock for my brother to even acknowledge the existence of RSS), 
this is in my eyes a far brighter idea than trying to implement HTML 
email, which I consider to be rightfully deceased.


Steven Streight wrote:
> Another alternative to an email newsletter with photos in it, to share with
> family and friends, is to simply set up a *free* blog.
> I recommend a blog because then you can update it with more than just
> photos. You can put audio podcasts, video player embeds of webcam or
> camcorder videos, and textual content, and your family and friends can post
> comments to the blog.
> I strongly suggest Blogger <http://www.blogger.com> as the best blog tool
> for photo, audio, and video uploading. WordPress and some other blog
> platforms are a pain to upload photos and art to. I suggest
> YouTube<http://www.youtube.com>as the spot to upload your videos to
> and then get the code to put the embed
> player in your blog. I suggest Odeo <http://odeo.com> as a free podcast
> studio, mp3 converter, and player embed tool.
> Of course, I'm not being paid to say any of this. heh
> ;^)

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