HTML, Rich Text, and Plain Text - What's the differences?

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I am trying to understand the differences between email formats in Outlook.. Specifically HTML, Rich Text, and Plain Text.  Obviously, plain text can't do text formatting or embedded pictures, but I guess I don't know why there are multiple formats and what the benefits/risks are with each one.

I had an email come to me in Rich Text, and I wanted to try and copy the picture that was embedded into the email into a new email.  My new emails are set to automatically be HTML format, and the picture would not copy into the HTML format (jut a "box" with a red X in it).  So, what I had to do was, copy the picture and paste it into MS Word.  Then, I copied the picture in MS Word to the clipboard and pasted it into my new message.  This worked, but it got me thinking about why I had to do this and what the differences were between the different formats.

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Ok, checked the link out further.  It's a "Macromedia FlashPaper" presentation, so it's pretty big, may take a couple of minutes to download.
Also, make sure you have Adobe Flash Player installed.
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash

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