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HTML/RTF formatted email - what is it?

All email software support raw text format, which is just text without any special fonts nor font colors or images.

Most new email software also supports HTML/RTF formatted email, most web-based email services supports this as well (such as Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail).

RTF/HTML formatted email can contain both text written with special fonts, images and advanced formatting for example such as indent. These emails contain a code which the email software interprets. The code is the same as the code used to create web pages, named HTML.

In order to be able to view RTF/HTML formatted email you need an email client that supports it. Examples are Microsoft's free email client Outlook Express or Qualcomm's Eudora.
If you use a web-based email service chances are great that it supports RTF/HTML formatted email. Refer to the help available from your web-based email service.

In case your email client doesn's support RTF/HTML formatted email the message is sometimes shown as an attachment. If this is the case you just need to open it in your webbrowser to view it.

I hope this answers most of your questions, if there's any question unanswered feel free to contact me.

//Jakob Persson

September 1999