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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Administrivia: html duplicates

From: Chris Croughton
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Administrivia: html duplicates
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:13:39 +0000
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On Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 03:41:04PM +0100, Andrew Savory wrote:
> Hi,
> On 1/28/08, Chris Croughton <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Sigh.  Yes, it is a performance issue.  This whole (part of) the thread
> > was about the size of the HTML part which more than doubles the size of
> > files/bandwidth/CPU time, not about "can I read it?" (which as has been
> > pointed out several times be solved by piping it through lynx or
> > whatever).  How do I read just the non-HTML parts when they are all in
> > the same file?
> I'd suggest that in this modern world we live in, worrying about the
> difference between an HTML and a text email is excessive optimisation.

And I say it isn't.  Not everyone uses 3GHz AMD64 machines with 16GB RAM
and 50TB hard disk, or has 100Mb/s broadband straight to their house.

> > > > Or I can just leave.  Or less drastically dump all HTML messages at the
> > > > server so I'll just miss people who post that way.
> > >
> > > It would be shame to loose you.., but then wouldn't it be a shame to
> > > exclude all those Outlook, Yahoo and GMail users we would like to
> > > incorporate into our movement?
> >
> > Sigh.  Once again, no one is saying "lose the Outlook, Yahoo and GMail
> > users".  The existing mailserver converts HTML into text, it has been
> > said, all us Luddites are saying is keep on doing that.  Anyone reading
> > the list with any mail client can read text.
> But gosh, wouldn't it be a more fulfilling and wonderful user
> experience for the rest of the world if they found their de facto mail
> format was also accepted (not stripped, munged, mangled, downgraded
> ... but *accepted*) on a free software mailing list?

Fine, go ahead and use Outlook and other MS crap if you want.  Once I
see it coming in on the list I'm out of here and I'll be telling people
to avoid it.


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