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Re: Forums

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2012 06:44:29 -0500
Message-ID: <4F0AD31D.4070702@earthlink.net>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 2012/01/07 10:51 (GMT-0800) Andrew Fedoniuok composed:

> It appears that the list is tend to use fixed font formatted
> messages. Far not all mail clients are good with that.

Non-plain text email message proponents seem to forget that the graphical web 
we know today did not always exist, and that email predates it by much more 
than a decade. To expect the type of users for whom email was originally 
developed to change those environments for which email was originally created 
and remains equally functional (e.g. fixed font text terminals, speech 
generators, fixed font printers) in order to accommodate non-text and 
proportional font extensions would be an untenable and unwarranted hijacking 
of an established system that lacks an appropriate alternative. Therefore 
those who use the SMTP system to transmit what are in effect web pages must 
expect that some people will be unable to make sense of such transmissions, 
and that if maximum likelihood of intelligible reception is desired, anything 
more than plain (fixed font) text in the message is best avoided. IOW, if you 
don't know the recipient both can and cares to accept web pages via SMTP, the 
right thing to do until such time as you know otherwise is to send only plain 
text. With mailing lists, it's usually the case that plain text is explicitly 
either preferred or mandatory, not just a tendency.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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