Nathan,
I presume there are essentially 2 requirement to this. The first being a system that provides for an email to be generated and the second being able to render content as HTML.

My approach to controlling email content is simply to send a notification that is just that, a notification in text format. For further content I just include a link which is a url that points back to the website where any data can be displayed in all it's glory.

Of course if the data is sensitive then there is a authentication hurdle with the "link" approach.
The recipients must either register on the website with a usr/pwd or the link must contain some sort of unique secure token that can be used in a way that prevent users from accessing the associated content via the web unless in possession of the token.

Peter

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Sent: Friday, 1 March 2013 8:52 a.m.
To: Web Enabling the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Getting Into HTML Formatted EMAIL

 I have never used any HTML other than some really basic formatting ...

That's what makes this topic interesting. I've been developing web applications since 1999 and have only recently become concerned with HTML email. Perhaps I viewed it as the domain of spammers. But now we're getting requests for parental notifications when children are marked absent (perhaps they never arrived at school), when children fail to turn in homework. Notifications when students are admitted. Notifications when the school is closed by snow. Administrative notifications when "special education" students change their class schedules.

There may be dozens of processes within our system where email notifications may help.

-Nathan

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