by MarkFlax - 3/31/12 4:49 AM
In Reply to: Thank Bob ! by willum0806
I don't agree this is an issue with Microsoft or other corporations.
Email is a minefield and we all use it differently. Images are a case in point and there are 5 methods for sending images in emails;
Use the Insert function in the email software, (or web mail page if the account is web mail), navigate to where the image is and select it.
2] Drag and drop.
Drag the image into the open email message area from wherever it is stored on the sender's computer.
Click the Attach icon, (usually a paper clip), navigate to where the image is and select it. The image does not form part of the email message, but is shown as a file attachment.
4] Link to.
Supply a link to an image on some web page or other, or drag and drop from a web page.
Forward the email that the sender has received which has images in it to some other recipient.
While 1 to 3 should work every time, we are still subject to the knowledge and confidence of the sender in how to compose emails and find images on their computers. But even then, with the newer Vista and Windows 7 versions of Windows, (if the sender is using Windows), we may find that some images are in folders that are 'Read only', (known as Junction Points), and may not be copied.
But the biggest headache are both 4 and 5.
4] Link to: I can send an email to someone with a link in it to some image on a web page. But web site pages change often and if, by the time the recipient receives the email the web page has changed, then the recipient's email may just see an empty placeholder.
5] Forward: This is even more problematical. It often depends on how the very first email was composed, and then on what the next senders' do. For example an email originally created with an image on the first sender's computer may disappear further down the line. I often receive such forwarded emails with blank placeholders and I know there is little use in asking my own sender. They will just say "I forwarded it".
Add to all that the option to "right click" on an image on a web page and select "Send to" a recipient, and also how web mail works differently to email software, and it is all really a bit hit and miss. So in that respect I do agree that email is broken, but the basic premise of email is fine. We just have to be aware of the problems and work around them. No easy task in today's world where users often are not able or not willing to delve into the problems. I include myself in that group and will sometimes just rush around and send emails without thinking things through.
From your posts above I see that, generally, the emails you receive from other senders arrive with images intact. But the emails with images from one particular sender sometimes work, sometimes do not. That points to one source, and it is very difficult to step through what is happening remotely, without you seeing what that other person is doing, or how.
Yes, it is all a bit of a problem, and not always easy to solve.
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