Note that even the IETF (Internet Engineering Task
Force) which creates the standards that run the
Internet requires that messages to its lists contain
no attachments and be formatted as plain text. This is
to make sure that all participants can read all posts
(text) and for protection against viruses
I would disagree that HTML takes up much more room
than text. It is just a mark up language based on
traditional mark up used by editors.
<b>An example would be this <I>paragraph</i> which
would be rendered in bold with the word paragraph
italicized by an HTML renderer<b>
The mark up does not add much to the size of the
message and as one can see it is entirely intuitive.
HTML does not get much more difficult than that. HTML
and its more general cousin XML are going to make the
ability to create content and develop programs
accessible to anyone.
--- Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> There are many good reasons to use plain text. Some
> lists automatically
> reject posts in mime or html; some people do not
> have mail programs that
> can even read html. Also, such posts use up much
> more disk space, from
> which various difficulties can flow. For reasons I
> don't understand,
> some posts in html won't "quote" in a reply. One has
> to paste them. But
> most important of all -- plain text is safer against
> viruses than html.
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