You want to be able to simply click a forward link that open a new email window with the HTML email in it. Something similar to a malito:…. Not as easy as it sounds.
Every body expects a simple mailto: type HTML code snippet but unfortunately there isn’t one!
So stop searching like I kept doing thinking everyone must have been wrong =/
You need to rely on the email server eg MailChimp, Campaign monitor and include their snippet of code or tag specific to their system eg something like:
[forward]Forward to a friend[/forward]
This often will take the user to a form which they can then use to send on the HTML email/EDM.
The alternative would be to build a landing page with a similar form that you could forward to your friends with a link to an online version. Often campaign monitor or mailchimp etc… will also generate an online version through their system.
So unfortunately it aint so simple!!