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From "Kevin McBrearty" <>
Subject RE: Dynamic Email
Date Wed, 14 Nov 2001 22:05:45 GMT
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Kevin McBrearty
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Timothy Shadel []
> Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2001 4:42 PM
> To:
> Subject: Dynamic Email
> Hi,
> I'd like to generate dynamic e-mail content, typically based on
> some parameters stored in the current HttpSession.  JSP seems
> like a great tool for this.  I can easily edit the "static"
> portion of the e-mail, and have non-technical personnel work with
> it.  I'd get all the advantages JSP gives to dynamic HTML
> generation.  I can't seem to figure out a good way to do it,
> though.  I've tried to use the RequestDispactcher.include(), but
> there's no way to change the OutputStream to recover the content
> that was inadvertently streamed to the browser.  I can't wrap the
> request/response objects in the Servlet 2.2 spec (tomcat 3.x),
> and I'm not sure I'd know the details of how to even if I was
> running tomcat 4.0.  I tried creating a URL and calling
> getContent(), which returns a PushbackInputStream, but this works
> only sporadically.  Most of the time the buffer has been read
> completely, and I have no data with which to push it back.  All I
> want to do is load a JSP page, ensure that it's processed within
> the current Session and Request (so it has access to the needed
> variables), and then push that content into an e-mail message
> that I send using the JavaMail API.
> I assume that somebody else has wanted this type of thing before.
>  If there's another solution to let end-users easily edit the
> static surroundings of dynamic e-mail content, where I can use
> templates, internationalization, and other great tools as easily
> as Struts, please let me know.
> Thanks,
> Tim
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