I agree wholeheartedly. Too many variables in email rendering of HTML;
it never looks good, it often gets (rightly) filtered out by spam-bots,
and it's really trying to force something to be what it's not.
Agreed. Also, with any web statistics program, it will let you know
just how many people are reading how much of what parts of your
newsletter, how they got there, where they went, how long they stayed,
and so on. No way to measure that client-side.
I'd tend to agree.
On that, I definately agree. Although, Dave, the images would
probably be tags to a webserver anyway, so the mail itself should be
But _that_ is the 'reference implementation' of virus-spreading e-mails.
Many modern browsers will -not-, when processing HTML mail, open links to an
'external to the message' reference.
Charlie, at a minimum, you need to give people an *option* for
HTML mail vs 'plain ASCII'.
And, truthfully, if you want _real _control over the layout, you'd be
best off creating a .pdf and sending _that_.
Call it an 'image', even name it with the extension for a recognized image
format. make the _acutal_ content of the file a MS-executable.
Windows is _so_dumb_, that it looks at the file 'type' (based on extension)
to figure out whether or not to automatically 'execute' the file, and then
*ignores* the extension, and looks at the actual content to determine *how*
to execute it.
Furthermore, there *are* exploits of defective code in the MS 'jpeg' decoder.
which allow you to embed malicious *code* into the 'data' of a properly-
constructed .JPG file, and it _will_ be executed.
I won't debate terminology. "<a href=>text description</a>"
Nonsense; Windows parses the filename from the end backwards to
determine the extension. I can easily have a file called
this.is.a.picture.of.my.nephew.jpg and Windows knows how to launch the
If you're gonna bash Windows for some file system issue, at least
double check your facts.
OK. That is even easier, I think. I can upload the PDF to my web site,
maybe, and then link to a para in the email NL, which could then remain
about a long paragraph. The fact is, I don't intend any one NL to be
large, something on the order of maybe two to three 8-1/2 x 11 pages,
including no more than six photos, depending on the complexity of the
tip. The tool review should be fairly fast and simple as long as I can
hold to doing an individual tool per review.
Agree wholeheartedly. Put HTML version on your website and text version
in email. Even text mail can support some level of ad sponsorship.
You've probably already thought of this as well, but use some robust
mailing list software (MailMan, MajorDomo, with instruction added at the
bottom of each NL) so subscribers can self-manage their subscription. It
won't get you completely away from "Please unsubscribe me" messages, but
it will help. BTW, sign me up.
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