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Email Format Poll for the list

Hi Everyone,

The reason for this poll is below (for those that are interested)

I would like to know how many people
    a) are happy to receive html
    b) prefer plain text
    c) require plain text

At the end of the week (Friday GMT+8) I will post the results

David Godfrey


Just recently I have had two people on the lists query me,
Asking if I intended to send email in HTML

Well actually, yes, I guess I did.
Partly because most people have HTML capable browsers,
and long before I sent an email on the list I had noticed that many contributors also sent in HTML.
This made me think it was not a problem.

I understand why mutt users may not like HTML, in it's standard form mutt displays the html source.
There are probably other clients that this is also a problem for.

One problem with plain text and modern clients, is that text is wrapped at the senders end.
Normally to something like 72characters.
This is a huge waste of screen space where you may easily have 160 to 300 or more characters available on a modern screen.
Worse is when the sender has changed the default to something large, then you often have to scroll left and right as well as up and down to see the whole message.
HTML on the other hand allows for dynamic rewrapping of the text by the receiving client.
The sentence before last was all one line.
Change the width of this window, it should rewrap the text dynamically.

HTML also allows simple formatting changes (like this) that can often assist with readability.

Either way the poll will tell us what everyone prefers.

David Godfrey