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RE: Accessible quotation style in email (was Re: HTML messages)

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 16:18:12 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0504251607350.22435@aristotle.multipattern.com>

First of all, it's much more important that Working Group members cease 
top-posting.

You can turn off HTML in Outlook and force Outlook to use what is 
euphemistically called "Internet-style quoting":

<http://email.about.com/cs/oetipstricks/qt/et012401_p.htm>
<http://www.expita.com/nomime.html#out2002>

<http://www.slipstick.com/mail1/quote.htm>

> As I pointed out to someone who wrote me off-list, the print world has 
> had effective conventions for handling quotations for a whole lot longer 
> than email has had them.

Print conventions are inapplicable.

> I think the problem is that the *line* isn't semantically significant
> when you're quoting.

It's much more semantically significant if you and your correspondents use 
mailers that support flowed text, like Eudora, M2, Thunderbird, Apple 
Mail, and-- wait for it!-- Hotmail.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of David Dorward
> Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 9:11 am
> To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> Subject: Accessible quotation style in email (was Re: HTML messages)

And we see that John unnecessarily top-posts text that was already 
correctly quoted.

And yes, we need an automatic converter from at least flowed text to 
blockquote, as I called for previously:

<http://blog.fawny.org/2004/11/06/flowed/>

-- 

     Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org
     Accessibility <http://joeclark.org/access/>
       --This.
       --What's wrong with top-posting?
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