creating an HTML based email in mail

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  1. Bolicious

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    I would like to create an HTML based email in Mail. I know HTML, but I don't know how to send an email in Mail using it. Can someone explain a way to do this for me? :x:
     
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    That's the one thing that bugs me about Mail. I'm guessing that's why gifs won't animate.
     
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    Figured it out and it works wonderfully for me. :coold:

    1. Create HTML page
    Create the HTML page that will be used as the email in whatever way you want (ie. Dreamweaver, text editor, or even -- god forbid -- Front Page).


    2. Prepare for maximum compatibility
    Some tutorials I've read recommend using absolute links and image references in your HTML instead of relative (definition of absolute & relative links), but I tested with both absolute and relative and it didn't seem to matter. Still, it may be wise to keep it absolutely linked.

    It is not recommended to use CSS, because not all email clients support it. Again, my experience with CSS emails has been positive, but if you use CSS, make sure you test it on a variety of email clients to make sure it looks the way it should.

    Steer away from complex layouts with embedded tables, complex DIV structures, or frames.


    3. Upload
    Upload the html and images to your server.


    4. Open in Safari
    Open the page you uploaded in Safari, then choose File > Mail Contents of This Page (or press command+I)


    5. Send email
    Mail will load up and a new email will open that uses the HTML page. It may look a little strage (images don't align, background colour/image doesn't exist, but it should look correct once sent and recieved.
     
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    If anyone wants to see how it turned out, just post your email and I will send it to you.
     
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    fortunately, i believe that Mail will natively support HTML mail in leopard because the current method (as you posted) is an unnecessary pain in the ass
     
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    sent


    Actually, I kinda like that way. Just pressing apple + i in safari is so easy on the fly when I want to resend.
     

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