HTML by default in KMail
ubuntu08 at sfina.com
Sun Aug 8 05:57:41 BST 2010
On August 7, 2010 02:24:28 am Tres Finocchiaro wrote:
> From a user's perspective, I find it very (very) naive to rule out all html
> formatting by default.
from that same perspective, I beg to differ.
> Red letters and bold fonts can go a long way when getting a message across.
sure: distract from content to formatting. obstruct accessibility for the
color blind. prevent speed-reading.
using *simple* _formatting_ ist most efficient for getting a message across, and
if something more graphic is required, attach it.
> I feel too often that stripping features in the name of security can only
> go so far. There needs to be a middle ground where we aren't all typing
> in gedit (or in this case, kate).
I don't feel that this is "stripping" in the name of security (although I
appreciate the benefit of not having to worry about malicious or simply
In fact, AFAIK HTML has been *added* to email by a vendor with the "adopt
extend destroy" strategy; and indeed this "extension" has contributed to the
destruction of email by spam and malaware.
Users read faster a text that is written in a familiar font and displayed in
familiar colors. Consequence: don't let sender change my display font with
HTML (or any other kind of formatting markups). Let the user determine how
content is displayed on their screen.
Those who researched speed-reading and studied/applied the techniques will
tell you that fixed-width font is better than variable-width font. Why not
using a fixed-width font by default?
For enough users, color is not a choice. whether they are color-blind or they
otherwise need high-contrast or low-contrast environments, HTML is a nightmare
My 2 cents go for keeping email text-based. For the rest, there is
GoogleWave, and there are attachments.
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