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RE: Posting in the tiniest print possible
This was an excellent summary on plain-text vs html.
Could something like this be automatically sent to
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kim Flint [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2005 10:45 PM
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject: Re: Posting in the tiniest print possible
> At 06:53 PM 5/20/2005, Gary Lehmann wrote:
> >Was in HTML and tiny print--it should be noted that whenever
> possible, one
> >should post in Plain Text--that wot Kim likes and he owns the joint.
> >Altho many do not--but it's that tiny print that gives me pause.
> It isn't about what I like or don't like. Using plain text to post to
> mailing lists has been considered good internet etiquette since the
> beginning of time. Using html has long been considered
> impolite. So it is
> really about whether you are being a dick to the list or not.
> The reasons are many:
> - There are many different people on a list using many different mail
> reading programs. These handle html formatting in many
> different ways. It
> is very likely that the nice formatting on your screen looks
> terrible for
> many other subscribers, or is completely unreadable. In some
> cases, the
> non-standard html code used by some popular email programs
> even causes
> errors in other programs trying to read it.
> - html formatted emails are used by hackers and spammers for
> a variety of
> evil purposes, to infect and spy on people. For this reason,
> many prudent
> people turn off the html features of their mail reading
> program. This means
> it is further likely that your html mail will look weird on
> other people's
> - html formatting can screw up the digest versions of mailing
> lists, making
> the digest hard or impossible to read for many people, even
> screwing up
> other people's nice plain text posts.
> - Also, some people's email programs will view the digest as
> plain text,
> and your mail will just look like html code for them. Most
> people won't
> bother to try to read your html code and just skip over it.
> - html formatting adds at least 3 times more crap to your
> email for the
> html code. (sometimes waaaayyyy more than that, I've seen a
> few sentences
> turn into 200k emails.) This pointlessly wastes bandwidth and
> disk space
> for EVERYBODY on the list, not just me and my server. Not
> everybody on the
> list has a fast connection or unlimited email disk space.
> - The extra html code means the digest gets sent out
> prematurely since you
> hogged up all the space, further irritating digest readers.
> - And for all the headaches caused, the html formatting adds
> no useful
> content that wasn't already there with the plain text!
> Kim Flint | Looper's Delight
> firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.loopers-delight.com