[Mailman-Users] An interesting statistic.

Scott Russell scottrus at raleigh.ibm.com
Wed Nov 8 22:01:27 CET 2000

This is true BUT there are some cravats. Your audiance, based on your sig,
is Mac users. On the Mac platform HTML mail readers are the norm, not text
based readers.

In the unix world it's 180 from that.

-- Scott

 On Wed, Nov 08, 2000 at 12:24:34PM -0800, Chuq Von Rospach
wrote: > I thought people might find these numbers interesting.
> One of my servers sends out newsletters. Those newsletters are 
> avilable both in HTML format and text format -- users can subscribe 
> for whichever they prefer, although HTML is the default. Because of 
> limitations in the AOL clients, we force AOL.com addresses to the 
> text version.
> I think this list gives a good indication of acceptance of HTML email.
> My numbers:
> HTML: 85.4%
> AOL:  12.9%
> Text:  1.5%
> In other words -- given a choice, only 1.5% of subscribers choose 
> text-only. I can't disclose the size of the subscriber base, but the 
> list is in the seven digit world (greater than 1 million, less than 
> ten) and has been around long enough that the subscriber base is 
> stable.
> Something for the "text is king" email people to think about... It's 
> pretty clear that MIME and/or HTML acceptance is beyond endemic in 
> the general public.
> (and if 13% of the general subscriber base is AOL, the "AOL can go to 
> hell" groups are hurting only themselves, too...
> Anyway, the data is data. The rest is IMHO.
> -- 
> Chuq Von Rospach - Plaidworks Consulting (mailto:chuqui at plaidworks.com)
> Apple Mail List Gnome (mailto:chuq at apple.com)
> Be just, and fear not.
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 Scott Russell (scottrus at raleigh.ibm.com)
 Linux Technology Center, System Admin, RHCE.

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