[Mailman-Users] Footer message in html email

Brad Knowles brad.knowles at skynet.be
Wed Jul 16 13:35:09 CEST 2003

At 10:11 PM -0400 2003/07/15, Jon Carnes wrote:

>  Just curious, but what would be the problem in looking for an html
>  message and if the message is html, placing the footer directly in front
>  of the </body> tag - or if that is missing, in front of the </html> tag
>  - or if that is missing, simply putting it at the end of the message.
>  That seems like it would accommodate 99% of the situations discussed
>  here.  The coding for that would also be fairly straightforward.

	You would think.  But many HTML authoring tools (including 
browsers and MUAs that create HTML-formatted e-mail messages) make it 
more complex than that.  The stuff right above the </body> tag may 
not be anywhere close to the bottom of the page as it is viewed by 
the recipient.  Or, it may be hidden by a change in font or font 
color, or who knows what else.

	You really do have to be able to parse all the HTML pretty much perfectly.

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>

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