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Re: No subset for email

From: Nuno J. Silva <njsg@sapo.pt>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 08:43:19 +0000
To: public-html-mail@w3.org
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On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 22:36:30 -0800
Pierre Saslawsky <pierre@photobiker.com> wrote:


> I hope the orientation taken by this mailing list won't be "How can  
> we confine HTML mail to technologies of the past?" but "How can we  
> make email benefit from the current and future standards?"
> Preventing people from using available features rarely works.
> Pierre

IMO the main concern should be not allowing people to use the HTML
messaging format to add unneeded content or to get the content from
somewhere in the Internet.

It would be fine to have features like anchors in HTML, e.g. when
writing /endnotes/ in html messages, I would like to allow people to
click the note number on the text, read the note, click in the number
left to the note and get back to the place where they were.

HTML is also fine to add some formatting and colour to messages,
breaking the limitations of plain text.

But the standard should allow CLI mail clients or GUI text-only ones to
be able to convert the HTML, by, e.g., making sure people always use the
<img> alt attribute.

(And javascript, or other non-html or non-css technology, should not be
allowed, of course)

Nuno J. Silva
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