html email displays as code

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This is a simplified example of an html email, including the header.
It seems to render fine in most situations but for some people it is
just code. (it seems to be happening with bellsouth addresses) Is
there anything in this header that is not quite right that might be
the cause ?

X-Account-Key: account1
X-UIDL: e2f092b7266c262ad6b98fd41ac82173
X-Mozilla-Status: 0201
X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000
Delivery-date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 14:18:05 -0500
Received: from [] (
    by with smtp (Exim 4.63)
    id 1I3GY8-0006KO-Rv
    for; Tue, 26 Jun 2007 14:18:05 -0500
Received: (qmail 4545 invoked by uid 33); 26 Jun 2007 15:52:58 -0000
Date: 26 Jun 2007 15:52:58 -0000
Subject: - Independence Day Specials
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href=" /
<body>Content Here</body></html>

Re: html email displays as code


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That would certainly be the case if you sent it to me -- my email client
doesn't have a browser. There are only two ways to show me a web page:
1. Send me a URL, and tell me why I'd want to look at it.
2. Send me HTML, and convince me that it's worth my while to go to the
   effort of saving it to a file, fixing the permissions, and calling
   it up locally in a browser.

Nothing that you ever do will get a web page displayed in all email
clients, because not all email clients are capable of doing so.

Michael F. Stemper
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Re: html email displays as code (Michael Stemper) wrote:

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... and some are configured not to, either by default or by the user.
(Good practice, given the nature of html e-mail spams, phishes, etc.)

Re: html email displays as code

Gazing into my crystal ball I observed David Stone

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And my boss says to me the other day:

Boss: I want this sent as an open page
Me: What exactly do you mean by "open page"
Boss: Well, I want all the graphics and fonts that are the news letter to
look like that on the email
Me: The best thing to do is send a plain text email with a few teasers
and a URL to the actual newsletter
Boss: What about HTML?
Me: Some people, like me, have HTML email filtered out.  
Boss: I can send it in Word!
Me: Word documents are bloated and come as attachments
Boss: I like Word
Me: What about people who can't open Word documents?
Boss: That's okay, I don't care about them.  I'm going to use Word.

Adrienne Boswell at Home
Arbpen Web Site Design Services
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Re: html email displays as code

Adrienne Boswell wrote:
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Yeah, that's open...  <emoticon suggesting rolling eyes>


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