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TECH TIPS: HTML Email
There are 2 formats of email -
text only mail and HTML mail. Text email, as the name implies, contains only
text. HTML email can contain text and graphics. So what format are your
receiving? Well - it's simple to find out. Do graphics appear in
the body of your emails? If they do, then you are receiving HTML
email. If you don't see the graphics, you are
receiving text only email.
Most email clients allow you to choose
which format you want to receive. Go to your options (or preferences) and
look for the words "plain text."
Select or de-select that option.
Some email clients may use the words, "include images" or "remove
images" (Hotmail does this). If you choose to receive text only
email, you will receive the graphics in the email as attachments.
Then you can choose whether or not to open the graphics.
So what's the big deal - why
should I choose or not choose HTML mail? Their are advantages and
disadvantages. The advantages, of course, are that you see
the email as the sender intended it to be seen. And HTML email is really
cool! (Is that a good enough reason?)
A disadvantage is that there is a risk in
receiving a virus from an HTML email - so be sure you have good virus
protection if you do. Also, HTML email is slower because
graphics take more time to download. If you have a slower computer
or slower internet connection, then definitely choose to
receive text only email. (To read more about disadvantages of HTML email,
visit this link).
I choose to receive HTML email. I have a
up-to-date virus protection to protect me from harmful emails and I
am careful what emails I respond to. I also have a fast internet connection.
So I look on HTML emails as advantageous.
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