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[wlug] Mailing list etiquette (was Re: Sudo)

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Tue Apr 5 11:41:56 NZST 2005

Daniel Lawson wrote:

> Also, many people read mailing lists in digest form. HTML (and other 
> formats) tend to break in digest mode.

I hope you won't take offense, but this seems like the only good reason 
to me. Surely, in the year 2005, when the HTML 4 spec has been around 
for eight years and has been commonly used to style emails for not much 
less time than that, it is reasonable to assume that any mail reader can 
parse it?

 From a purist point of view, I agree that emails should be in plain 
text. The reason I style them is because I like them to look pretty for 
less computer-savvy types who I regularly email, who don't know how to 
style things on their end. Additionally, there are some things that 
plain text simply won't do, and which I do occasionally use (lists being 

I'm not meaning to stir or be a pest; I just don't understand why any 
mail client in use today would not support HTML; or why people would 
turn it off? Surely, unless you're using OE, security isn't a problem. 
People seem to manage browsing the web without issues, and that's a far 
less controlled and predictable environment than email.

So, as I asked before with my sudo question, what am I missing? Are 
people just pig-headed snobs who like to feel wronged and stand out as 
martyrs for the Old School?


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