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    Hey everyone,
    This is less of a GTD question than a general email question. I can't seem to find how to make HTML emails on a mac without 3rd party software. Any tips? This has been on my @R&D @Computer list forever!!

  • #2
    If you're using Apple Mail, go to Preferences > Composing, and change "Message Format" to "Rich Text."

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    • #3
      HTML e-mail? What for?

      I do not think we need HTML e-mails.
      I always send short, single subject, plaint-text messages.
      I always convert received HTML messages to plain text before reading.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
        I do not think we need HTML e-mails.
        I used to abhor HTML in emails, until I started receiving email newsletters. Sometimes, HTML just makes those much easier to read, no matter how well the plain-text is formatted. Bulleted and numbered lists, as well as tables, are much easier to read in HTML.

        So, there's sometimes a use for it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Brent View Post
          If you're using Apple Mail, go to Preferences > Composing, and change "Message Format" to "Rich Text."
          Really?? But I'm talking about like columns, graphics, fully decked out HTML emails that look like and read like a newsletter.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Brent View Post
            I used to abhor HTML in emails, until I started receiving email newsletters. Sometimes, HTML just makes those much easier to read, no matter how well the plain-text is formatted. Bulleted and numbered lists, as well as tables, are much easier to read in HTML.

            So, there's sometimes a use for it.
            They're "in" alright! All the subscriptions I have typically at the very least have their own background color, columns, etc. something to jazz up the newsletter to make it more attractive than just "formatted text" -- graphics, borders, etc. Web page design stuff.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by validatelife View Post
              Really?? But I'm talking about like columns, graphics, fully decked out HTML emails that look like and read like a newsletter.
              Yes, that's what that setting enables.

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              • #8
                HTML email is HTML

                Most HTML emails are just small web pages sent to you via a mass email system. Some email programs give you things like columns, background colors all that. Mozilla Thunderbird will create HTML email in a manner that you are talking about. If you want to switch email apps it may be just the ticket.
                http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/

                The majority of HTML email you receive is created much as you would a regular web page (BBEdit, Dreamweaver...). There are ways for you to send HTML email through mail.app you can reference this article but it starts with creating HTML outside of mail.app: http://creativebits.org/HTML_email_w...ilapp_in_Tiger

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Brent View Post
                  Yes, that's what that setting enables.
                  Wow, forgot how potent good ol' apple's "mail" program is! Hey, what else could you expect than a solid, extensible, simple, but highly feature-loaded program from applle?! I'm still interested in just using gmail webmail and haven't cracked open the stand-alone mail app for awhile and want ot avoid that, but awesome to know about that mac mail advanced HTML feature!! thanks.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by validatelife View Post
                    Wow, forgot how potent good ol' apple's "mail" program is! Hey, what else could you expect than a solid, extensible, simple, but highly feature-loaded program from applle?! I'm still interested in just using gmail webmail and haven't cracked open the stand-alone mail app for awhile and want ot avoid that, but awesome to know about that mac mail advanced HTML feature!! thanks.
                    *shrug* Outlook Express can do the same.

                    HTML is just text. It's a markup language, not a different format. In this day and age, I'd say supporting HTML mail is an essential feature, not something terribly impressive or advanced.

                    Katherine

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kewms View Post
                      *shrug* Outlook Express can do the same.

                      HTML is just text. It's a markup language, not a different format. In this day and age, I'd say supporting HTML mail is an essential feature, not something terribly impressive or advanced.

                      Katherine
                      Thanks for trying to explain that, kewms! However,in addition to designing numerous sites, I've written tutorials on web design, and familiar with CSS, javascript, and many areas of hyper-text mark-up language! So i'm very savvy with what HTML is! I've just only coded for sites, not emails yet. And yes, I agree, non-html emails are things of the past, if your email client doesn't support them, you need to get with the picture, and all forma newsletter-like emails MUST be html IMHO.

                      I know this is a help site, but it's amusing when I realize -- based on some of the responses I get -- that maybe I should be giving the advice instead of requesting it!! haha!!

                      Thanks again.

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                      • #12
                        Newsletter-like emails are the things of the past.

                        Originally posted by validatelife View Post
                        non-html emails are things of the past, if your email client doesn't support them, you need to get with the picture, and all forma newsletter-like emails MUST be html IMHO.
                        I do not agree that "non-html emails are things of the past". HTML formatting simply adds clutter (obesity) to the information exchange.

                        You can mount roof rack to your bicycle but I do not think it is reasonable.

                        For me e-mail is for meaningful information exchange - not for fancy formatting and marketing (by the way - I do not read any newsletter-like emails since these are the things of the past in the age of RSS readers, blogs and Web 2.0 social networking).

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by validatelife View Post
                          I know this is a help site, but it's amusing when I realize -- based on some of the responses I get -- that maybe I should be giving the advice instead of requesting it!! haha!!
                          Before you hurt yourself with all that eye-rolling, you might want to consider that this forum is about personal productivity; and, although many of us use computer technology to facilitate our productivity, it is not a tech forum.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jknecht View Post
                            Before you hurt yourself with all that eye-rolling, you might want to consider that this forum is about personal productivity; and, although many of us use computer technology to facilitate our productivity, it is not a tech forum.
                            Yes, exactly.

                            And in particular, the post to which I was responding did not demonstrate a terribly high level of technical sophistication.

                            Katherine

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                            • #15
                              Be very, very careful

                              I had some of the same questions some months ago when I wanted to start sending out html e-mail announcements of new products, special offers, etc. to customers and others who had signed up to receive them from time to time. Since I had built a couple of web sites I reasoned that I should be able to figure out how to code html e-mail. I learned that html e-mail is a different beast. Since the feature set of e-mail clients isn’t as robust as web browsers, there are limitations. Most e-mail clients don’t recognize div tags, for example, so you will use tables for layout.

                              I didn’t get very far into it, though, because of much bigger issues. If you are going to the trouble of preparing html-formatted e-mail, I presume that you are sending broadcast e-mails; ie. the same e-mail to many recipients. And here you need to tread very carefully, because you risk being labeled a “spammer” and that introduces very serious consequences. If a couple or few of your recipients report your e-mail as spam to AOL, for example, AOL could block any e-mail that you might send to any of their subscribers. You might protest that your e-mail isn’t spam; perhaps it isn’t commercial, perhaps it’s a newsletter, perhaps distributed only to friends, family members and acquaintences. And perhaps they had specifically requested that you send it to them. But spam is very much in the eye of the beholder. If at any time any of your recipients decide they no longer want to receive you e-mail and report it as spam, rather than unsubscribing, it will be considered spam by the various service providers with all the consequences that follow. You may not be subject to the $11,000 per incident penalties called for in the 2003 Can Spam act, but you could still be blocked from sending e-mail to anyone who is a subscriber with the larger service providers.

                              One common complaint I read is that some providers (AOL? Yahoo?) have very large SPAM reporting buttons located prominently at the top of the page and some folks—upon deciding that they no longer want to receive your e-mail—will simply click on that Spam button to remove themselves from your list, and without understanding the implications.

                              For these and other reasons, I decided to go with one of the commercial e-mail services instead of trying to deal with the legal ramifications myself. There are a few of them and I think they all offer a catalog of templates which enable you to compose your own html e-mail—and modify their templates, if you’re familiar with html.

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