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Practical Web Technologies by V. Lau, P. K. Yuen

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13.1. An introduction to email and mail agents

13.1.1. Set up your mail agents

The ability to send an electronic message (email) to customers, friends, or groups of people anywhere has become a daily necessity for a computer system. Many systems can also inform the user of any incoming mail at the time when he or she logs in to the system. For example, the user will see a message such as “You have mail” in UNIX (or LINUX) systems, or be greeted by a voice message by some ISPs. In Microsoft Windows systems, a mail user agent such as Outlook Express can even allow the user to access different accounts from different ISPs. In this chapter, we are going to discuss email systems and how to program them on the Web. Basic browser emailing to server ...

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