On Sat, Sep 27, 2003 at 06:03:21AM +0530, Devdas Bhagat wrote:
Next LUG meet: 11 Oct 2003 around 4 pm - VJTI Mech
On 26/09/03 18:44 -0000, Raseel Bhagat wrote:
Hi, I'm Raseel. I'm a new member. I
don't see why html mails
should not be allowed. I hardly thing there will be anyone who is
SO new that he won't know hpow to handle the html mails.
But what about those
of us who prefer clients which don't handle HTML
email? The only HTML mail I get is spam. Quite a few of us find text
based interfaces much more powerful than web based interfaces, and we
don't want HTML, which bloats the size of the mail while conveying no
additional relevant information. It also gives a chance for web bugs,
tracking points, malicious scripts, etc to come through (I am aware that
not all people on this list use Linux as their desktop OS).
Why text mail?
Because every email client knows how to handle it. PERIOD.
Why deny html mail?
It is *expensive*, and those clients that dont support HTML by
default mail are prohibited from reading our mails seamlessly.
Since we should go for a standard encoding so that all clients support
it is a good policy to say we accept posts only in PLAIN TEXT.
Since the next acceptable standard encoding is HTML, we accept it a
few number of times by sending a warning, and then block them if the
user doesnt care for the community.
It is a good practice to encode in text. If one wants to be more
*expressive* using plain text use again the most commonly used methods
of being expressive, eg. LOUD, <warning> warn </warning>. Again by using
plain text encoding.