Acceptable format for posts to this list

Gilles Gravier ggravier at
Wed Jul 6 14:05:28 UTC 2011


On 06/07/2011 15:50, Kevin O'Gorman wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 3:24 AM, Liam Proven <lproven at
> <mailto:lproven at>> wrote:
>     Email *should* be plain text, everywhere, at all times.
> What a pile of opinionated poop.  Lots of quite sane people exchange
> personal emails top-posted.  It's their preference and their
> conversation.  As I see it, it's improper for you to express an
> opinion about their correspondences (of course, have the opinion if
> you like, but don't broadcast it as a commandment).

Agreed. Just as QUITE A LOT of business people driving a lot of money
and value around this planet exchange HTML formatted e-mail because it
lets them express much better the messages they are conveying thus to
their customers or providers.

I suggest all people that want to force the world back to 1980s text
only e-mail rather shift to telex... probably more suited to their needs.

Seriously, though, there is a need for each formatting. Text is nice
because it's low bandwidth, and can be read by antediluvian (look that
word up in a dictionary if you need, it implies "before 1980") reader.
But when it comes to capability to express more complex business
situations... rich text is unbeatable... and since I don't like sending
.DOC files (or .ODT) for that matter, if I can avoid it. HTML is the way
to go when you need the capability to send complex business messages.

The world ain't black and white. So don't try to paint it that way.


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