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Re: Vendor Branches

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: Vendor Branches
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2003 00:26:36 -0500 (EST)

[ On Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 02:43:44 (+0100), Fredrik Wendt wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Vendor Branches
> I have a simple "what about this" I'd like to comment on, regarding the 
> expressed "rich text e-mail is always bad"-attitude.
> In this specific case, I think it _is_ ok to use stylized e-mail, since 
> the diagrams would be rendered with MUA:s showing mail with non-fixed 
> width characters.

Sorry that's just bogus.

First off if a modern computer that can read e-mail doesn't have a
fixed-width font then it's certainly not going to be able to interpret
HTML or any other rich-text format.

Secondly, if an accurate and detailed diagram is that important then the
poster can include a URL to a proper graphic file (or if it's reasonably
small, such as about 20KB or less, attach it directly to the email using

HTML e-mail is ALWAYS bad, especially on a public mailing list.

> (It _is_ easier to read spoken language texts on 
> screen with a typeface which does not use fix width characters.)

That's irrelevant.  You can read your e-mail using any typeface you
please, but if you'd like to clearly see a diagram represented with text
characters then I'm sure you will know when to switch to an appropriate
fixed-width typeface.

                                                                Greg A. Woods

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