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    Re: HTML postings
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2004 Feb 5, 11:05 -0800

    George Huxtable wrote:
    >
    > I quote from Dan Hogan's welcome message to the list, which all should have
    > received-
    >
    > >PLEASE use text format in your messages not HTML.
    
    
    Amen. I noticed an increasing number of HTML messages on Nav-L. Most
    were less effective than plain text. E.g., they appeared in a small
    sans-serif font.
    
    Good HTML can be nearly as compact as plain text, but typically the
    output from mail software is *hideously* bloated. Try looking at some
    HTML messages in "raw" format. (If you're running Netscape, click
    View, Page Source.) If you've never done this before, be ready for a
    shock. I could run my eye down the inbox listing and spot most HTML
    postings just from their byte count.
    
    This can have a noticeable impact if you're on a dial-up connection
    and get a lot of mail. One of the lists I used to be on had more than
    100 messages per day. Anyone who posted HTML was instantly and bluntly
    told to knock it off.
    
    I wouldn't be that uncivil. A few days ago I installed a more polite
    solution. It's a filter which deletes messages whose "Content-Type"
    contains "multipart". So far, that's blocked the HTML postings.
    Regrettably, it also makes some people invisible, but it's only a few.
    
    To block oversized messages I have Netscape set for a max allowable
    size. Anything bigger, I see only a partial message, with the option
    to download the rest.
    
    
    

       
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