Some messages look wrong - where are the images?

If an EMail message is formatted with HTML it may contain references to images that are stored on the internet - e.g. in a web page.

Many on line EMail reading programs will typically fetch such images from the internet when the message is viewed and will display them inline. VA is an off line reader, and so does not try to do this as there may be no active connection to the internet when the message is being viewed. The spaces where such images would be displayed are indicated by an empty box containing black exclamation mark inside a yellow blob and (usually) a line of text describing the missing image.

If you receive such a message and want to see how it would look with the images included you can – with VA 6.01 and later – view the temporary HTML file created by VA in a web browser. If you have an active internet connection the browser will fetch the image(s) and display them in the message.

First you have to tell VA not to delete the temporary HTML file as soon as it had displayed it. To do this look for the line:

 HTML Temp Delete=YES

in your ashmount.ini file and change the YES to NO, or insert the whole line

 HTML Temp Delete=NO

if it isn't there.

The temporary HTML files are held in a subdirectory of the VA messagebase called va.viewer. VA maintains a subdirectory there for each user (so that one user's messages don't overwrite another's on a network). Look for the file:


where <MB> is the top-level messagebase directory and <user> is your user name.

Hint: You can create a VA macro that will load this file into your default web browser automatically, and can create a toolbar button that will invoke the macro.

1. With a text editor (such as NotePad) create a text file containing the string File:// followed by the full path name to the temporary HTML file. This might result in something like:


the first two slashes should be forward slashes, as shown, the others can be either forward or backward.

2. Save that file in the root of the VA MessageBase directory with the extension .kbd. It's not a bad idea to give it the same name as your VA user name, so that it doesn't clash with similar macro files created by other users. That would give you something like:


3. Using any bitmap editor program, such as Windows Paint, create a bitmap for the toolbar button. This should be 19x18 pixels. Save it in the same directory as the .kbd file, with the same name and the extendion .bmp, such as:


4. In VA, go to Tools | Options | Toolbar and look for the macro you have just created in the list of commands – the commands are listed in the same order that they appear on the menus, so it will be a little over half way down the list after "Set startup macro". Click "Add" to add it to the toolbar in the position you desire.

vaosfaq/fetchimages.txt · Last modified: 23.06.2008 20:03 by kai
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