[Mailman-Users] An interesting statistic.

Bill Carlson wcarlson at vh.org
Thu Nov 9 16:02:54 CET 2000

On Wed, 8 Nov 2000, 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%

Your data is skewed because HTML is a default rather than a forced choice.

One could also say that the majority of users don't change the defaults,
which would ring true with my experience.

I am on quite a few mailing lists, though admittedly most are
Unix-related. The flames for people who post in HTML keep me warm at
night (no, I certainly don't flame them). :)


Bill Carlson
Systems Programmer    bill-carlson at uiowa.edu	|  Opinions are mine,
Virtual Hospital      http://www.vh.org/        |  not my employer's.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics	|

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