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HTML Formatting of Email -- Please Avoid

Larry Orr larry.orr at asu.edu
Wed Aug 25 17:58:18 EST 1999

I know I've mentioned this before, but it is time to bring it up again.

Microsoft Outlook and several other email programs have an option for
formatting the message using HTML markup language. In some programs
this "option" is actually the default. As nice as this may look on
your screen, it presents a problem for newsgroups such as ours.

One of the security measures used by the newsgroup server causes the
HTML instructions to be printed as part of the text of the message.
This results in a messy looking, and often unreadable, document.
Microsoft Outlook which has become quite popular at many universities
produces some of the messiest HTML markups as it attempts to preserve
font styles and sizes and also uses numerous non-breaking space
notations for formatting.

A couple of the messages sent earlier today are "good" examples of
the problems encountered with such programs.

Is there a cure to all of this?  Yes. All you have to do is disable
HTML formatting when preparing messages for this and other
newsgroups. After you've sent the message, turn the HTML formatting
back on and you can continue to produce typeset-appearing email

Larry Orr, moderator
Larry Orr                               Larry.Orr at ASU.edu
Photosynthesis Center                   tel: (480) 965-1963
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry       fax: (480) 965-2747
Arizona State University
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