Sending mail from HTML page with image in the body

I have to bring up the outlook compose box when a button is pressed and the body should contain the image of a specific DIV. I am using html2canvas to capture the image, with mailto i am able to fire a outlook compose mail instance but seems mailto is for simple plain text and is not supporting to embed image in the mailbox.

Any ideas, thoughts?

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TL;DR: You cannot do this.


You can use Data URI Scheme to embed an image in HTML. If an emails MIME type is text/html you can do the same. You will have to encode your image with a suitable encoding (e.g.: base64).

For example:

<img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAUA
AAAFCAYAAACNbyblAAAAHElEQVQI12P4//8/w38GIAXDIBKE0DHxgljNBAAO
9TXL0Y4OHwAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==" alt="Red dot" />

However, you cannot include HTML in the body part of the mailto: URL. The content of the body parameter is considered plain-text as per RFC 2368.

The special hname "body" indicates that the associated hvalue is the body of the message. The "body" hname should contain the content for the first text/plain body part of the message. The mailto URL is primarily intended for generation of short text messages that are actually the content of automatic processing (such as "subscribe" messages for mailing lists), not general MIME bodies.

So if you use a URL encoded HTML as the body parameter of a mailto: URL, here is what happens:

<a href="mailto:[email protected]?subject=Check%20this%20out!&body=%3Cp%3EHi%3C%2Fp%3E%3Cimg%20src%3D%22data%3Aimage%2Fpng%3Bbase64%2CiVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAUAAAAFCAYAAACNbyblAAAAHElEQVQI12P4%2F%2F8%2Fw38GIAXDIBKE0DHxgljNBAAO9TXL0Y4OHwAAAABJRU5ErkJggg%3D%3D%22%20alt%3D%22Red%20dot%22%20%2F%3E">Write Email!</a>

Result:

New Outlook mail message

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