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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:19:50 -0600
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At 7:27 AM -0800 1/18/08, Peter Yim wrote:
>On Jan 18, 2008 7:07 AM, John Black <JohnBlack@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>  What software does this nice html indented formating? I can't maintain it.
>>  On Jan 18, 2008, at 8:28 AM, Chris Menzel wrote:
>>  On Jan 17, 2008, at 10:38 PM, John Black wrote:
>>  ...
>[ppy]  whatever it is, would everyone kindly use plain text instead of
>HTML, please, in their posting.
>Repeating an earlier suggestion (ref.
>It is recommended that you set your mail client to send & receive in
>plain text only, and to wrap the text with line length of 65
>characters.    (01)

That is easier said than done. I am using Eudora, which is itself now 
somewhat ancient, but still belongs to a generation of email handlers 
which postdate Unix, and it uses flowed text conventions. It is 
impossible to wrap such text with a line length: the very concept of 
a line length does not apply, just as it does not to any text cut and 
pasted from any HTML source. Paragraphs are simply a text stream 
inside a wrapper, and line layout is done by something at the target 
end of the email transaction. In fact, line length-wrapped text 
became obsolete when the first window-oriented desktop OS was 
deployed, which actually (although this may come as a shock to the 
Linuxers amongst us) was quite a while ago now.    (02)

All of us have a lot of email traffic to attend to, and to set one's 
general preferences to plaintext-only would be suicide in the current 
world of general email. And fascinating as the Forum is, I'm not 
prepared to switch my Eudora preferences back and forth every time I 
send an email, sorry.    (03)

I'd suggest that the trolls allow themselves to be dragged kicking 
and screaming into the late 20th century, and use html like everyone 
else. It looks a lot better, for one thing.    (04)

Pat    (05)

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