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Re: Editing email replies

From: Le Wang
Subject: Re: Editing email replies
Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2002 01:34:25 GMT
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Peter Davis wrote:

> Well, I know I'm probably in a minority here, but I actually think
> HTML e-mail is a pretty good idea.  You can get much more readable,
> and more *meaningful* content with HTML.  Typographic conventions of
> using boldface, italics, etc. evolved for a reason ... they improve
> the readability and informativeness of text.
> I agree that we're bombarded by HTML spam from users with flagrant
> disregard for email etiquette, let alone typographic design.  Still
> that doesn't invalidate the medium.
> Sorry.  I work for a font and electronic publishing company, so this
> is a favorite soapbox of mine.

There is a tonne or problems with using HTML as a medium for e-mail, as others 
have mentioned.  But most importantly to me, HTML is gimmicky; I like to 
judge the value of any particular piece of mail based on its content, not on 
who's able to use the brightest red as their background color.  Also, I think 
HTML encourages people to take their focus away from phrasing what they have 
to say as clearly and concisely as possible; and focus more on the 
presentation of their message.

Just my $0.02.


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