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Matt Brown matt@m...
Tue Apr 5 13:57:11 NZST 2005

On Tue, 2005-04-05 at 13:39 +1200, Oliver Jones wrote:
> Another area where HTML email excels is in quoting previous messages.
> Many current MUAs break hideously when parsing previous text messages.
> How many of you have seen deep quotes go very bad with results like
> this:
> > > > > > people whose mailers don't understand 
> > the > > > > format you
> >  use to read your 
> > email. While you can > > > > feel free to
> >  inconvenience your friends as much as 
> Not very fun eh.  Well with XHTML you can just <blockquote> everything
> and as long as the MUA nests them correctly the recipients MUA can flow
> everything very nicely.  In fact, with the appropriate attributes and
> MUA support, quoted chucks can be colour coded and have author
> information attached so you even know who is quoting who.

There is no need to resort to HTML to fix this problem, RFC2646 defines
format=flowed (see for a great intro)
which is intended to fix this exact problem, using *plain text*. 


Matt Brown
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