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W3C Guidelines for Email Attachment Formats

From: RaphaŽl Troncy <Raphael.Troncy@cwi.nl>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 11:44:16 +0200
Message-ID: <44BF5070.EDF3FC86@cwi.nl>
To: Vasileios Papastathis <vkpapa@iti.gr>
CC: MMSem-XG Public List <public-xg-mmsem@w3.org>

MMSemers,

I remind you ALL, that when you have subscribed to the public mailling-list,
you should have read the W3C policies with respect the mailling lists.
Particularly, the W3C Guidelines for Email Attachment Formats:
    http://www.w3.org/2002/03/email_attachment_formats

which states:
   1. Avoid unnecessary email attachments.  Use an attachment only when it is
likely to benefit to recipients. Otherwise, place the information (in plain
text format) in the body of your message.
   2. If an attachment is necessary, avoid formats that are virus prone,
proprietary or platform dependent.  For example, whenever possible you should
use HTML instead of MS Word, PowerPoint or PDF.  (Ideally, use XHTML or
HTML4.)
   3. If you must use a proprietary or platform-dependent format, please also
include an alternate version in  a universally readable format, such as HTML
or plain text, if possible. If you cannot, then at least include a format that
has widely available free viewers, if possible.
   4. Beware of automatic conversions to HTML.  They often produce HTML that
can only be viewed on certain browsers.  HTML Tidy may be helpful in cleaning
up HTML.
   5. Avoid JavaScript and proprietary extensions in HTML.
   6. Follow Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Consequently, I would prefer to not see Word document attached to mails sent
to this list. HTML format should be preferred ...
Remember that the final W3C documents will be in HTML, so why not starting by
editing an HTML file ?

Best regards.

    RaphaŽl

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RaphaŽl Troncy
CWI (Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science),
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