[thelist] Sending Tabular data with mail()

Phil Turmel pturmel-webdev at turmel.org
Sat May 24 08:01:47 CDT 2008

Santilal Parbhu wrote:
> Thanks Chris,
> This just goes to show how little I know about how emails are structured.
> Where do you find out about this sort of stuff.

Email structure is defined by "Requests for Comments", aka RFCs, 
maintained by the Internet Engineering Task Force[1].  The basic 
e-mail format is RFC #2822, with multipart extensions defined in RFCs 
#2045, #2046, #2047, #2048, and #2049.  The extensions refer to RFC 
#822, but that was replaced by #2822.

You can read them here:


Of course, once you plod through these, you'll probably want to take 
Ken's advice: find an object or API that rolls all this up for you.

Hope this helps,

Need to contact me offlist?
   Drop -webdev or you probably won't get through.

More information about the thelist mailing list