Re: [admin] Mail List Policy, Usage, Etiquette, etc. & Top-posting

On 5/29/12 6:52 PM, "Tab Atkins Jr." <> wrote:

>On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM, Jean-Claude Dufourd
><> wrote:
>> On 29/5/12 17:56 , Julian Reschke wrote:
>>> On 2012-05-29 16:53, Glenn Maynard wrote:
>>>> On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 9:22 AM, Arthur Barstow <
>>>> <>> wrote:
>>>>      * Messages should be encoded usingplain text
>>>> <>
>>>> No, messages should have a plaintext *version* (MIME alternative).
>>>> common and useful to use HTML messages, especially when posting about
>>>> actual spec text, where being able to use italics and bold is
>>>> useful.  This is quite a relic; I havn't heard anyone make the "emails
>>>> should only be in plain text" claim in a decade or so.
>>> Emails should only be in plain text.
>> JCD: It would be easier for me to comply with this rule if I understood
>> rationale.
>> My perception is that this rule is not relevant any more.
>> Against this rule, I claim that the readability of replies in text-only
>> threads is much worse, unless the replier spends ages paying attention
>> text formatting by hand which is not acceptable. At least, that was the
>> the last time I tried.
>There are several fairly simple reasons supporting Glenn's point
>(Julian's is simple excessive):

You forgot an important one: the archives don't support HTML. A great deal
of information might get lost if you're relying on HTML formatting to
convey your message.


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