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email etiquette
Authored by: palahala on Oct 09, '09 03:59:05PM
sending email in a format other than plain text is considered poor form

This being 2009, I'd like to rephrase that to: using an email client that sends polluted HTML (like one that always specifies the font face and size) is considered poor form...

Putting a single word into italics in Apple's Mail.app will in fact only add two tags to the HTML version of the message. Doing the same in Outlook results in a message that is full of style declarations, and hardly allows the recipient to even increase or decrease the text size... Using Outlook without plain-text is criminal indeed.



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email etiquette
Authored by: Spartacus on Oct 10, '09 08:14:54AM
Very true. For me, an ideal markup system for e-mail would be:
  • The recipient specifies the font in their mail preferences, the sender has no way of overriding it (die, Comic Sans, die die!);
  • The colour cannot be changed (I'm not really into pink);
  • Only basic markup is used: bold, italic, underline, quote, lists.


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email etiquette
Authored by: schutt on Oct 10, '09 11:25:05AM

Sounds good to me. Avoiding all the extras helps keep it readable, and speeds up the network. For the rare occasion you need the extra formatting, just email a link to a PDF or HTML file.



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