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Einstein X
(EinsteinX) - F

Locale: The Netherlands
HTML newsletter, please! on 03/01/2007 02:09:53 MST Print View

For a short while I've been getting the BPL newsletter. Can you please make it in an HTML format? The current version simply sucks (sorry).

I understand the some people still have a slow dail up modem, but you could give new subsribers to the newsletter the option to get the news letter in plain text or HTML.


Douglas Frick
(Otter) - MLife

Locale: Wyoming
Re: HTML newsletter, please! on 03/02/2007 19:59:25 MST Print View

>but you could give new subsribers to the newsletter the option to get the news letter in plain text or HTML.

If you do HTML e-mail, please make it a choice. I would NOT choose HTML.

Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: HTML newsletter, please! on 03/02/2007 21:38:26 MST Print View

Hey Einstein,

Can you tell me what you don't like about the current newsletter - i.e., what sucks?

We don't sent it in HTML because not everyone's mail client can handle that. It's not due to connection speed - even an HTML version of the email wouldn't be a showstopper for dial-up users. But it's best for us to send the email in a generic plain text format and let each recipient's email client convert the links.

I'm definitely eager to hear your thoughts on how it can be improved. Shoot me an email -

(jhaura) - F

Locale: Trail
Re: HTML newsletter, please! on 03/02/2007 22:56:10 MST Print View


BPL could send the newsletter in multipart mime format which allows the email client to choose the version it can display best. This is like a bundle with a text and html version wrapped up together, upon display one or the other is used by the client.

Later with fancier user prefs in MY ACCOUNT, individuals could opt for one or the other and only receive that version, saving bandwidth and file size.

There are barely any email clients left that can't negotiate the multipart mime protocol. Even AOL finally figured it out. It must be coded perfectly though or you will get display inconsistencies (end of line characters must be correct). I would suggest a third party newsletter publishing vendor, but I know BPL likes to roll their own gear from scratch.

Tim W
(watters) - F
Keep it simple on 03/03/2007 06:19:45 MST Print View

I prefer simple text.

Plain text is certainly consistent with BPL's philosophy of simple, lightweight, multiuse, and universal.

Please keep it simple.