[linux-elitists] HTML in e-mail

Joakim Ziegler joakim@avmaria.com
Thu Aug 21 10:27:49 PDT 2003

On Thu, 2003-08-21 at 00:31, Michael Neuffer wrote:
> Quoting Joakim Ziegler (joakim@avmaria.com):
> > The malware argument is because of broken clients. The wasteful
> > argument, well, that's slightly ridiculous in today's world of 100k+
> > HTML pages and multi-megabit home internet connections.

> And enough that still are -not by their own choice- behind 
> pay-per-minute dialup lines.

Even then, people have 56k modems. They get an effective download speed
of 5-6kB per second (actually, probably more, since they have
compression). How big are mails? Multiply by 3 to get the size in
multipart/alternative with HTML. Don't count the attachments, though, if
people are sending you attachments, they'll send them anyway. 

Average size of mails on this list seems to be 3-4kB. So that's 12kB as
multipart/alternative. 100 mails like that is 1.2MB, instead of 400kB.
You increased download time on a modem from a little over a minute to 3
and a half minutes.

Does that matter? Really? Most people on those pay-per-minute dialup
lines get nowhere close 100 mails per day.

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