Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Wed Apr 5 21:34:42 UTC 2000

Thanks--others have also suggested plain, so I'll use that from now on.

At 12:50 PM 4/5/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Bev writes:
> >>>
>Again, I just sent a reply to the list which asked for plain, styled, or
>plain & styled HTML.  A student of mine told me to hit the third option,
>but I'm still wondering if everybody can read it when I do that.  Problems?
>It's not just that. EVERYONE can read plain text. HTML causes some readers
>(electronic and human) to choke, and produces large amounts of crud on the
>screen,  which is just unnecessary in correspondence like ours.
>I don't know what your reader means by "styled" as opposed to "plain", but
>"plain and styled HTML" amounts to sending the same message twice: once plain,
>and once with all that window dressing to tell a reader that handles HTML,
>is plain, and that is plain, and here there's a line break, and, oh, yeah,
>that's plain too, and .... Oh, and because this is the signature make it
>blue"... or something like that. Just choose "plain". Please.
>-- Mark A. Mandel

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