Comments on: ASCII Ribbon Campaign Linux. GNU. Freedom. Sun, 13 May 2018 18:21:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Aaron Toponce : A Case For HTML Email – Mashups Sat, 17 Oct 2009 13:11:38 +0000 [...] disclosure- I have been a heavy plain text email advocate in the past. Post 0 and post 1 demonstrate that. Let’s just say I’ve had a change of heart. I want to do more with my [...]

By: Aaron Wed, 03 Jan 2007 18:10:37 +0000 Archeious-

I think you're missing the point of plain text emails. It's more than markup that is the problem, it's the ability to be uniformly read by EVERY email client REGARDLESS. This means blind and disabled should not have to wade through you're HTML code, just because you like to see pretty fonts.

Web sites? They shouldn't be HTML AT ALL! HTML was not designed for what it is currently being used for. Web sites need to implement a real programming language to display their content, like flash, java, C++, etc.

Bandwidth may not be your concern, but it is for those who have bandwidth limits from their ISP, or for those who are on slower Internet connections.

So, Archeious, format your text nice and pretty, so you can see colors, and tables, and pictures, and cute styles. For me? I'll just send a text message getting my point across. After all, people read email, not play with it.

By: Archeious Wed, 03 Jan 2007 17:48:11 +0000 I can bold in your comments section but you want to take away my ability to add emphasis in emails. That sounds like a great terrible idea. This reminds me of the campaign in the mid 90's to limit web pages to pure text. The GNU website was an example of this until fairly recently. Just because some people abuse the power to mark up text doesn't mean everyone should abandon the practice. That being said I agree that 200k for couple lines of text is absurd. That being said any email cleint worth a lick can render HTML email. If you do not have a cleint capable of rendering HTML let me introduce you to several open source that you can download for free.
Bandwidth, once again we can settle for the lowest common denomiator, push the envelope, or settle somewhere in the middle.

<b><i>VIVA LE HTML EMAIL</i></b>
By: Christer Edwards Sat, 30 Dec 2006 03:56:45 +0000 I have long been against the use of html emails. Everything coming in or out of my client (Evolution) is stripped to plain text UTF-8 and that is the way I like it.

I think I just might add the ascii ribbon to my address. Thanks for the good post.