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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).
http://www.georgedillon.com/web/html_email_is_evil_still.shtml
 
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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