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Plain Text vs Html

From: Bob Archer <bob.archer_at_amsi.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:02:17 -0400

Is it my imagination or are there alot of people sending HTML email to the list? According to the tigris guidelines:

"Please use ASCII or ISO-8859 text if possible. Don't post HTML mails, RichText mails, or other formats that might be opaque to text-only mailreaders. Regarding language: we don't have an English-only policy, but you will probably get the best results by posting in English - it is the language shared by the greatest number of list participants."

I notice in Outlook when I reply to an HTML message there is that ugly blue line across the left. Also, even though I have my internet email set to use Plain Text it appears that Outlook ignores that setting when I am replying to an email using the same format as the original email. Now that I have realized that is happening I will make an attempt to remember to be sure to switch the format of my reply to plain-text also.

I wonder if this issue is due to many people using Outlook which does default to the HTML format. What I have done in Outlook is go to Tools -> Options... then to the Mail Format tab. Press the "Internet format...". In the format I've selected "Convert to plain text format" and also set to automatically wrap text at 72 characters as recommended on the tigris.org mail list directions area.

I did some searching around to see if I could get some cleaner reply quoting for Outlook. I have located this, http://home.in.tum.de/~jain/software/outlook-quotefix/ . It looks pretty good but alas I am using Outlook 2007 which is doesn't support. Is anyone aware of any tools similar to this for Outlook 2007?

All that said, I hope that I am sending this in plain-text. If I'm not let me know... I hope to be a good maillist citizen. If it's not, please someone let me know and also can point to any resources to fix my settings.

(sorry this is a bit of the svn topic)

Thanks,
BOb

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