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Old April 14th, 2005, 05:02 AM
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Default plain vs HTML format

Does somebody know a solution to that?

for a email application you are commonly required to send out emails in HTML format as well as in Plain text format. I figured how you can send different versions out dependent on a status which you retrieve out of a database. However, this requires that the recipient first has to specify whether he wants plain or HTML.

Is there a possibility to send out only the HTML version and the plain text recipients won't see any code, just plain text? so means that the code tags get stripped off, as well as the MIME headers.

So you wouldnt have to specify anymore what you want to receive. No matter if your email supports plain or HTML you only receive a version that shows the format applicable to your email provider.

Thanks for help

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 Yes you can send a multi-part message with one part plain text and the other part containing your HTML. Clients that understand MIME, but not HTML will render the plain text version and ignore the HTML. Clients that understand HTML will render the HTML. Here is an example:

   $to="Recipient Name <somebody@example.com>";
   $from="Sender Name <jdoe@example.com>";
   $mime_boundary="==Multipart_Boundary_x".md5(mt_ran d())."x";
   $headers = "From: $from\r\n" .
      "MIME-Version: 1.0\r\n" .
      "Content-Type:multipart/alternative;\n" .
      " boundary=\"{$mime_boundary}\"\r\n";
   $headers.= "From: $from\r\n";
   $message = "This is a multi-part message in MIME format.\n\n" .
      "--{$mime_boundary}\n" .
// Plain Text Part
      "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=\"iso-8859-1\"\n" .
      "Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit\n\n" .
      "HTML E-mail\n\nThis is the text portion of an HTML e-mail\n" .
      "--{$mime_boundary}\n" .
      "Content-Type: text/html; charset=\"iso-8859-1\"\n" .
      "Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit\n\n" .
      "<h1>HTML E-mail</h1>" .
      "<p>This is an <b>HTML</b> e-mail.</p>";
   if (mail($to, $subject, $message, $headers))
      echo "Message Sent!";
      echo "Failed to send message.";

     Take note that the content type is set to "multipart/alternative". Then we place boundary markers between the two versions of the message and set a content type for each part. What this means is that we're sending two versions of the message. The e-mail client can choose which of these to display. If the e-mail client understands HTML, it will display it. If it doesn't understand HTML, it will display the plain text version.

  Hope that does the trick.

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Cheers Bobby Fisher

seems like its working...thanks heaps for your help, saved me a lot of hours research on the internet


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