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Re: Text email newsletter standard

From: Mike Brown <mike@signify.co.nz>
Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 13:30:12 +1300
Message-ID: <41B79C94.9020706@signify.co.nz>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Thank you for all the feedback on this.

The picture I'm getting is something like this:

- Plain text email is an unstructured medium
- Newsletters are an example of a document where structure is important
- At least some people (Matthew notwithstanding :) want to receive 
newsletters via email
- Whilst the structure of the newsletter can be shown with HTML, it is 
always a good thing to provide a plain text version

So, is the attempt by the text email newsletter standard to provide what 
Patrick called "pseudo-structural information" something that is useful 
or beneficial?

Personally I'm not so conecerned about them calling it a "standard" when 
it clearly isn't. If it helps promote something which is a good thing, 
then that can surely be forgiven!

Aside from the "pseudo-structural" sutff in the standard, a lot of it 
seemed to me to be good practice, but not necessarily something writing 
a newsletter would think about. For example, spelling out things rather 
than using symbols, putting the name number and date of the newsletter 
first, having a contents section at the top etc

Thanks again.

Received on Thursday, 9 December 2004 00:30:43 UTC

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