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Re: newsletter formats for email

From: Tina Marie Holmboe <tina@elfi.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 11:22:18 +0200
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Cc: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>, "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20020418112218.A3253@elfi.org>
On Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 04:18:27PM -0400, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

> Unfortunately, because HTML provides the ability to incorporate structure,
> multimedia, hyperlinks (real ones, not just guesses) and such useful features
> that relying on the fact nobody much uses it today as a spam filter is also
> denying ourselves the possibility of more accessible, usable mail.

  Well. No :)

  The problem arises with letters that have a content-type of "text/html"
  *only*. If a letter is properly coded (MIME) using a content-type of
  multipart/alternative where *one* of the parts is text/html or
  text/richtext, then all is well.

  The spammers tend to do the first - which is quite crunchable. REAL
  letters would provide one highly fancy HTML version, and one easily
  accessible RFC 822 type letter (plain text) as an alternative.

  The client which is able to show all the fancy gadgets can then do so
  at will.

 -    Tina Holmboe                    Greytower Technologies
   tina@greytower.net                http://www.greytower.net/
   [+46] 0708 557 905
Received on Thursday, 18 April 2002 05:07:55 UTC

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