[linux-elitists] HTML in e-mail
Karsten M. Self
Fri Aug 22 02:54:42 PDT 2003
on Fri, Aug 22, 2003 at 06:17:17PM +1000, Ben Finney (email@example.com) wrote:
> On 22-Aug-2003, M. Drew Streib wrote:
> > No, you don't really need to know this post is from me, but in a world
> > where processing power is supposed to be cheap (despite gnupg's
> > slowness sometimes), my signature _should_ be inoffensive, and has on
> > several occasions prompted conversation or inquiry.
> I sign all my email, generating "application/pgp-signature" attachments,
> because I want to promote the use of cryptography for all electronic
> communication. I believe the resulting environment will be a better one
> than if it weren't used.
> I reject HTML email, marked by "text/html" attachments, because I want
> to discourage the use of presentation markup for everyday text
> communication. I believe the resulting environment is a worse one than
> if it weren't used.
I find that the simple act of returning a document, regardless of form
presented, as text, usually transmits this message with considerable
impact. Nothing like those hours of formatting going down the drain....
It's also amazing how often I stymie legacy MS Windows users with some
text file I send.... Say, "recipies".
"I can't open your attachment."
"Just open it. It's text."
"If I click on it, it won't open."
I'd lie and say that they usually say "but it doesn't have a file
extension", but most users have extensions hidden anyway, and don't
realize this. Sad.
Particularly since, on the side of Light and GNU/Linux, we know that
what you really want is magic.
Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
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