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Re: html email
- From: Ethan Tira-Thompson <ejt at andrew dot cmu dot edu>
- To: The Cygwin-Talk Maiming List <cygwin-talk at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 18:56:56 -0400
- Subject: Re: html email
- References: <1BBF464ECC68FB4AA7EF4AB997CC0731019084D8@NA-PA-VBE01.na.tibco.com> <5E05D746-7ECE-49FB-9FE2-BD2FEAAC9A8F@andrew.cmu.edu> <email@example.com>
- Reply-to: The Cygwin-Talk Maiming List <cygwin-talk at cygwin dot com>
There must be a lot of broken mailers out there, because I see it
happen a *lot*. Very annoying when I search for some error message,
find a discussion on an archive, and can't read the quotes to follow
the discussion because everything is crazy-indented due to the word
wrapping at some arbitrary width while people are replying. It's
especially bad when code is involved, with literal '>'s in the mix.
For instance, take a look at what happened here:
It also doesn't happen with non-broken mailers (in that case, I was
attempting to line wrap manually, which almost certainly has
something to do with it).
...which, if several people are using it, on several lists, adds
up. Now add, say, 100 people per day downloading it, and now it's
several mb a day, about 100 mb a month, and now you're talking some
more significant numbers.
100mb a month still isn't significant. That's a *trickle*. But
fine, if everyone was doing it, it would double the mailing list
bandwidth usage. Maybe there are mailing lists that exceed my
imagination where that would be a problem.
And if it is a problem, and here's my original argument, *just strip
the html version*. The two alternative versions are explicitly
intended to be alternative versions, and only one is expected to be
displayed. So I claim it's unexpected to bounce the message. It
*is* expected to have one or the other shown. Dropping the message
altogether is at best unexpected, at worst rude and counter
productive, and in general, annoying.