Tero Pesonen mail at tpesonen.net
Sat Aug 13 20:57:15 UTC 2011

On Sat, 2011-08-13 at 15:41 -0500, Jordon Bedwell wrote:
> On 08/13/2011 03:38 PM, Tero Pesonen wrote:
> > On Sat, 2011-08-13 at 20:58 +0100, Colin Law wrote:
> >> On 13 August 2011 20:34, Jacob Mansfield <cyberjacob at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> please do not post to the list in HTML. especially if you use size 30 font.
> >>> Jacob Mansfield
> >>
> >> @Jacob, was not your post in html?  Two small fonts admittedly.
> > 
> > That message had both plaintext and HTML parts. So it allows the reader
> > to display it in the preferred format. Most email clients should allow
> > you to select which part to display if both are present. At least the
> > client should allow you to display HTML messages as converted to
> > plaintext.
> The irony is getting thicker.

Not really. It is much better that the client of a user who insists on
using fancy formatting on their email is also, even if silently, sending
a plaintext version with so that I need not see the HTML one. And it is
also good that, in case such plaintext part was not provided, my mail
client can try and make it look as if it had been formatted in plain
text (with varying levels of success), so that I can reply to it in a
meaningly manner.

If the list code of conduct banned HTML formatting, then of course the
issue would be obvous -- just don't send HTML and that's it. But it
diesn't do that -- and maybe it should. But outside the list the problem
persists nonetheless.


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