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Re: Posting in the tiniest print possible

I read my LD list mail on Yahoo's webmail interface. 
Every now and then I get an html message that renders
so tiny that I literally can't read it - and it
affects the layout of Yahoo's page, making all other
text small also.  There's nothing wrong with my eyes,
either - I'm 20/20 and use a very sharp LCD display. 
=)  I vote for plain text email as well.


--- Kim Flint <kflint@loopers-delight.com> wrote:
> At 06:53 PM 5/20/2005, Gary Lehmann wrote:
> >Was in HTML and tiny print--it should be noted that
> whenever possible, one
> >should post in Plain Text--that wot Kim likes and
> he owns the joint.
> >Altho many do not--but it's that tiny print that
> gives me pause.
> It isn't about what I like or don't like. Using
> plain text to post to 
> mailing lists has been considered good internet
> etiquette since the 
> beginning of time. Using html has long been
> considered impolite. So it is 
> really about whether you are being a dick to the
> list or not.
> The reasons are many:
> - There are many different people on a list using
> many different mail 
> reading programs. These handle html formatting in
> many different ways. It 
> is very likely that the nice formatting on your
> screen looks terrible for 
> many other subscribers, or is completely unreadable.
> In some cases, the 
> non-standard html code used by some popular email
> programs even causes 
> errors in other programs trying to read it.
> - html formatted emails are used by hackers and
> spammers for a variety of 
> evil purposes, to infect and spy on people. For this
> reason, many prudent 
> people turn off the html features of their mail
> reading program. This means 
> it is further likely that your html mail will look
> weird on other people's 
> screen.
> - html formatting can screw up the digest versions
> of mailing lists, making 
> the digest hard or impossible to read for many
> people, even screwing up 
> other people's nice plain text posts.
> - Also, some people's email programs will view the
> digest as plain text, 
> and your mail will just look like html code for
> them. Most people won't 
> bother to try to read your html code and just skip
> over it.
> - html formatting adds at least 3 times more crap to
> your email for the 
> html code. (sometimes waaaayyyy more than that, I've
> seen a few sentences 
> turn into 200k emails.) This pointlessly wastes
> bandwidth and disk space 
> for EVERYBODY on the list, not just me and my
> server. Not everybody on the 
> list has a fast connection or unlimited email disk
> space.
> - The extra html code means the digest gets sent out
> prematurely since you 
> hogged up all the space, further irritating digest
> readers.
> - And for all the headaches caused, the html
> formatting adds no useful 
> content that wasn't already there with the plain
> text!
> kim
> Kim Flint                     | Looper's Delight
> kflint@loopers-delight.com    |
> http://www.loopers-delight.com 

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