localzuk at gmail.com
Mon Nov 21 19:07:04 UTC 2005
On 21 Nov 2005, at 18:43, Carlton Noles wrote:
> Don't misunderstand MS bites and is not as readily available. My
> experience has been that more often than not people are WAY to
> proud of their formatting.Ii am just saying don't send the extra
> baggage if it isn't necessary. If text is enough use text. If the
> format is absolutely essential to the information then use pdf or
> what ever you wish. I have seen way to many messages in PDF where
> the only thing that mattered to anyone other than the sender was
> the information. In such cases PDF (or DOC or SNP or XLS) files are
> unnecessary and a nuisance. I realise that with modern computing
> technology and bandwith we can send each other incredibly over
> formatted documents and it really won't be too much of a drain on
> resources, However just because we can doesn't mean we should.
> But the computer world has moved past that and now we are looking
> for files that can be read by everyone AND keep the formatting and
> style that is wanted by thesender.
> BTW if the sender insists on sending me their latest personal life
> news layed out like the Sunday new york times they will find their
> email being deleted more often than read at this end.
I was referring to the original email. The company was sending a
quote. As such, I would expect them to include a certain amount of
branding. This is important to the business world. It is a form of
advertising. I send most information in either text format (person
stuff and normal business email correspondence) and in pdf (bills,
quotes etc...). If i didn't do this then I feel that my brand would
lose some custom due to not being a strong brand within my market.
I agree that files should be sent in a format that is readable by
more than windows/office users (and as such should not be sent
in .doc, .xls or indeed any format that is specific to a certain
software), it should be sent in files such as pdf, rtf etc...
In this context, it is highly unlikely that a company would change
its business practices and send only text files.
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