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Problem to include a navigation in newsletter.

Posted on 2006-11-28
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Hallo all!
Actually we've been creating a navigation which is an include function. What we would like to know is whether it is possible to use the same navigation and apply it to a newsletter mail which normaly will have the same design as our site?
Noting that we're having problems, in such a way that, we have to copy every script from the include file and paste it in our newsletter mail.
Is there any possibility to use the include function in our mail, as it will facilitate us when we will have to make future changes in our navigation.


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www-i-p-mu              
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You should be able to do it if you use the full URL to the includes, so it can be reached from the clients email client...
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by:www-i-p-mu
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Thx TeRReF for you reply

my problem is the newsletter email need to contain that navigation.

in the navigation.php there's some php function that are executed from by server.

i try to use fread function but i doesn't execute the php functions

is there a solution that can generate the navigation.php then send it in my email

my actual codes..

<?

$mailcontent="<table width=\"500\" cellspacing=\"0\" cellpadding=\"0\">
  <tr>
    <td>" . include('navigation.php') . "</td>
  </tr>
</table>";


$headers .= "From: $admin\n";
$headers .= "Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1\n";

mail($email, $subject, $mailcontent, $headers);

?>

actually the navigation is visible in browser when im creating the newsletter but it doesn't send the navigation in the letter
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Try to use a return value in the include:
instead of echoing the navbar, try this:
return $navbar;
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by:www-i-p-mu
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can you giva me an idea how to use return value?
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by:TeRReF
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An example include file:
navigation.php
<?php

$html = 'navbar code goes here';

return $html;

?>

How to use it in your code:
<?
$navbar = include('navigation.php');
$mailcontent="<table width=\"500\" cellspacing=\"0\" cellpadding=\"0\">
  <tr>
    <td>" . $navbar . "</td>
  </tr>
</table>";


$headers .= "From: $admin\n";
$headers .= "Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1\n";

mail($email, $subject, $mailcontent, $headers);

?>
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by:www-i-p-mu
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Thx for reply,

I tried your solution but the navigation doesn't appear in the mail.

its appear only in the browser when i try to send the mail out.

regards
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This could be a problem with the email CLIENT not the php!  in your navigation you use javascript?  remember different clients treat email differnt ways ofr security etc.  Some dont even enable html by default.

try and run a test such as adding a javascript alert() function to your navigation.php - im pretty sure you will never see it otherwise advertisers all over the world will be popping up alert boxes just because an outlook user passed by the email.

if on the otherhand your navigation is pure css and html it could also have problems as email clients dont always like to load external css files.

best of all try and view source for the email.

finally - imagine email clients only accept pure html and wont accept .php or .asp for fear of problems.

hope these thoughts help.
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