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Topic: HTML posts (OT) (26 lines)
1) From: Prabhakar Ragde
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I am getting tired of the disinformation on this thread. RTF can be
read and written by Microsoft Word on both PCs and Macs, going back
several versions, though it should definitely not be used in e-mail,
because not only is it verbose, nearly all e-mail readers will display
it in raw form, not interpreted.
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"Antique" has nothing to do with it. Millions of quite savvy computer
users choose to use agents (whose latest versions were written in the
past few months) which deal with plain text mail, because there is no
reason for nearly all e-mail messages to require the additional
formatting capabilities of HTML. Many mailing lists I belong to run on
software that simply deletes the HTML versions; no one notices,
because HTML messages are typically sent in both plaintext and HTML,
and snipping off the HTML part doesn't impair anyone's expression. If
someone wanted to send e-mail formatted with columns, hyperlinks, and
embedded graphics, they might notice. But the average e-mail message
takes about ten seconds more time to compose than to type, and plain
text is just fine for those. 
--PR, about to visit Berkeley as he does twice a year, and wondering
  when Tom is moving to Emeryville so he can meet the man.
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