HTML Email References : Java Glossary
©1996-2017 2008-03-30 Roedy Green of Canadian Mind Products
- Email reference
It is a good idea to repeat the email address visibly for people whose browsers
don’t support mailto or for people who want to copy/paste the email address
into their separate email or database program. It is best to leave out the email:
text link if you don’t want bulk harvesters to bombard you with spam. You
either should mung the address or show it as a
graphic. You can prepare such graphics with Masker.
various ways of displaying email addresses
|Rendering Email addresses|
||How it Renders
||HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)needed|
|mailto text link
||Click to email Roedy Green at email@example.com
||Click to email Roedy Green
||email Roedy Green at
Some browsers (i.e. IE) may not render the transparent background of the email address correctly.
|embedded graphic on coloured background
email Roedy Green at
|Some Some browsers (i.e. IE) may not render the transparent background of the email address correctly.|
in a newsgroup
|Roedy Green’s email address is posted at:
|Roedy Green’s email address is posted at:|
HTML In Email
Many people use
email. Eudora calls such emails styled. Some call them
formatted. Some people love them. Others hate them.
Unfortunately no email program I know of will keep track which form each of your
correspondents prefer plain or styled and automatically send them the preferred
The arguments against HTML are:
I like HTML myself. The colour, bold, italic and font size, as
well as being able to embed an image may my emails much more expressive and personal.
handled with a standard MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) body, just labeled plain/html instead of plain/text. The email
program puts this in automatically.
- Some people have old browsers that cannot render the
received messages. They see the text interlaced with gibberish.
- For people with older email programs such as Outlook 97, the message arrives as
an attachment that must be rendered by firing up a browser.
- HTML is
bulkier. It takes more time to transmit.
- Spammers and advertisers love to use HTML,
especially images. HTML = spam in many minds. The Pavlovian association
blinds them to the legitimate uses of HTML
- There is no proper standard for HTML
There are a couple of strange email tags you will find only in Eudora