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RE: Text email newsletter standard

From: Bart Simons <bart.simons@ascii.be>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 11:26:14 +0100
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> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of david poehlman
>
> I'll put it this way.  Plain text can be managed in far more ways
> than html can

I can't support this statement. I think it depends on the document but a
well-structured HTML document has my preference over a plain text file. With
a recent screenreader there is no better format than HTML to consult
information in a table or which allows to navigate easily from one section
to the next. The same holds for forms as well but they are rarely found in a
newsletter context.
I tend to produce documents in HTML format since some time and would be
happy to convince our company staff to substitute Word templates with HTML
equivalents.

By the way, every HTML document can be saved in plain text if you prefer
that format.

I support your arguments of longer download time and virus danger so I am in
favour of the compromise: start with sending out text mails and provide the
alternative to read an HTML version on line.

Kind regards
--
Bart Simons
Web Accessibility Specialist
ASCII - European e-government content solutions
Rue de Trèves, 49-51, Trierstraat
Bruxelles, B-1040 Brussel
Phone: +32.2.235.00.46
E-mail: bart.simons@ascii.be
Received on Thursday, 9 December 2004 10:23:33 GMT

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