[development] HTML emails

Darrel O'Pry darrel.opry at gmail.com
Wed Jul 16 16:06:38 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 5:12 AM, Matt Connolly <matt at cabinetuk.com> wrote:

> Besides, email clients have been HTML friendly for a *long* time, so I
> don't see why Drupal shouldn't have an interface that understands rich email
> messages.
> Thoughts?

Have you even tried to make an HTML email look the same in multiple email
clients?  That stuff is impossible... and forget it if you want colored
anchors or css support consistently. Heck they don't even send mime
attachments consistently... They all do something close to spec... and lets
not even get into the quirks of various webmail clients and the pluthera of
different versions of MS Outlook in the wild and still supported by MS.

You basically have a minimum of 8 different applications that handle HTML
slightly differently. There are also major variations per version... If you
thought cross browser support was annoying you haven't seen anything yet...

apple: mac mail
windows: outlook 8 -> present, including express variations.
// each outlook seems to use a different combination renderer and mime
linux: evolution
cross platform: eudora mac, eudora pc, thunderbird
web: gmail, windows live/hotmail, yahoo

but using drupal_render ++

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