[development] check_markup() question

Allie Micka allie at pajunas.com
Thu Apr 13 03:26:08 UTC 2006

On Apr 12, 2006, at 10:10 PM, Gordon Heydon wrote:

> What I want is to be able to in E-Commerce when E-Mails are sent to be
> able to use php to develop more complex emails. Maybe even mime based
> emails with the invoice attached.
> Also ATM the generation of these emails is quite bad and very  
> inflexible
> when it comes to customising these for sending invoice information to
> customers and being able to brand your shop.

Have a look at the mime mail module - it accepts any HTML string and  
sends a valid multi-part email.  You can simply send the html  
generated by node_view() or use the existing HTML for your invoice.

As it is global to the site, it retains the site's global theme, and  
respects the users' html/text preference globally.  By default, it  
includes the site's theme's styles.  In most cases, this will  
successfully retain the site's brand.  You can override this via a  
theme function.

> My first though was to use the filter system since it has the php  
> filter
> and just more, plus for users this is something that they are use to.
> When I started implementing this I found that the filter system is too
> general and really can only filter content based entirely on the  
> content
> that is past. So when you are looking at the body from a node you  
> cannot
> make decisions on what to do with the content based upon other  
> fields in
> the node, without having to reload the node (and make sure that you  
> have
> the right node).
> Also I though about creating an ecommerce filter which can be added to
> "filtered html", but most of the time when sending the emails it will
> not know which transaction it is working on, and if the content  
> that is
> being filtered is not a transaction then we don't need to run the
> ecommerce filter.

I think I understand what you are trying to do here, but I don't  
understand why.  What is the benefit of knowing which transaction the  
filter is working on?

Allie Micka
pajunas interactive, inc.

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