[development] Is emailpage abandoned?

Allie Micka allie at pajunas.com
Wed Nov 15 07:59:43 UTC 2006

On Nov 14, 2006, at 7:17 PM, AjK wrote:

>> Send: depends on CiviCRM for a bunch of tracking features.
>> Hmmm...might actually require some sort of "Mail" or something as
> well....I forget.
> Uses CiviCRM, not worth mentioning then unless you want that  
> installed too,
> just to send a page? ;)

Woah there, Tex!  There's a big difference between a module that  
supports CiviCRM and one that depends on it.  When CiviCRM is  
installed, send will create a new user (if necessary) for both the  
sender and the recipient, and then log an action for each.  When  
CiviCRM is not installed, it doesn't do that.

Send depends on Mime Mail to convert the node's HTML into a valid  
multi-part email.  Mime Mail's output is themeable, and when left to  
its own devices it uses your theme's style sheets.  Rather than  
attempting to construct valid messages on a one-off basis, send  
leverages Mime Mail's code, which is reusable by other modules.  It's  
more efficient this way, and you can maintain consistent branding  
while respecting users' plain-text/html email preferences.

I wrote send because I wanted a consistent way to send nodes from the  
site for various reasons.  For example, the News module extends send  
by form_altering the recipient into a selection of mailing lists.   
Petition or letter to the editor modules could do similar.  Send  
keeps track of which nodes are sent, by whom, and by which module.   
You could use this data to determine your most active senders and  
most frequently-sent nodes across all participating modules.  And, of  
course, it would all get tracked in CiviCRM, if you're into that sort  
of thing :)

Allie Micka
pajunas interactive, inc.

scalable web hosting and open source strategies

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