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RE: Off-topic : response to Maciej Stachowiak in re e-mail

From: Dailey, David P. <david.dailey@sru.edu>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 22:20:00 -0400
Message-ID: <1835D662B263BC4E864A7CFAB2FEEB3D258BF3@msfexch01.srunet.sruad.edu>
To: Dão Gottwald <dao@design-noir.de>, "Philip & Le Khanh" <Philip-and-LeKhanh@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>
Cc: <public-html@w3.org>, "Maciej Stachowiak" <mjs@apple.com>

On Tue 5/1/2007 7:29 PM Dão Gottwald wrote:

[...stuff that I assume talks about the oddities of intermingling HTML and email and discussions in the "near periphery of HTML"[1] ...]

I am very pleased to hear of such oddities being experienced by others than me. I use Eudora/Windows at the office and Microsoft Outlook Web Access at home and I try to aim for things that will display well when viewed at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/ .
Depending on what I am trying to do, it sometimes looks okay and sometimes it's terribly embarrassing.  (For a truly silly looking attempt see http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2007Apr/0075.html -- in it I tried to copy and paste e-mail addresses from a spreadsheet into a mail client -- it looked okay when I did it -- really! ). 
I have seen many oddities that seem almost as though we may need a few standardized tools for our discussions.
I note that the lists at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/  have "respond to this message" options at the end, but when you try to do it this way it doesn't preserve context (like "at Date, author wrote: ...[quote]") and it opens up your local email client. If it preserved context and gave you a submit button, then everyone could just be encouraged to use the same web environment for sending their stuff . You know what.... I've already talked myself out of this.... sorry. Thanks for listening.
There was, though,  that sort of infinite cascading subject line that Dmitry wrote. Many of Henrik's messages (if my memory serves me) end up appearing without subject lines and huge headers in the body of the message -- when viewed in both my email clients, though they look okay in public-html. One of Karl's looked like that and replying to it was almost impossible.
Anyhow, glad to see I'm not the only one who ends up with funny side effects. I'm not sure I wanna know what some mail clients do when they receive my messages when I use Outlook Web Access -- it's not my fault, really!

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