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Chapter 26. Interacting with Email > Sending Email from ColdFusion

Sending Email from ColdFusion

Clearly, ColdFusion's main purpose is to create dynamic, data-driven Web pages. However, ColdFusion also provides a set of email-related tags that enable you to send email messages that are just as dynamic and data-driven as your Web pages. You can also write ColdFusion templates that check and retrieve email messages, and even respond to them automatically.

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<CFMAIL> sends standard, Internet-style email messages using the Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP). SMTP is not explained in detail in this book; for now, all you need to know about SMTP is that it is the standard for sending email on the Internet. Virtually all email programs, such as Netscape, Outlook Express, Eudora, and so on send standard SMTP mail. The exceptions are proprietary messaging systems, such as Lotus Notes or older Microsoft Mail (MAPI-style) clients. If you want to learn more about the underpinnings of the SMTP protocol, visit the World Wide Web Consortium's Web site at www.wc3.org.



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