[Mailman-Users] HTML formatting in digests
marina at reliance.it
Fri Feb 8 04:30:56 CET 2002
At 7:27 AM -0600 7/2/02 [dmy], Skip Montanaro wrote about [Subject]
Re: [Mailman-Users] HTML formatting in digests:
> marina> Will the formatting of email messages in digests be fixed in
> marina> 2.1?
>Sounds like your users have selected so-called "plain text" digests. If
>it's possible for them to use MIME digests, the problem should go away.
>Some folks (like those using AOL I think) can't, however.
Thank you for your suggestion.
I'm not an AOL user, I use Eudora (and have been using it for over 7
years), and I have changed my digest options to MIME, as suggested -
but still, I keep getting plain text digests with all the garbage
that currently comes with them.
I believe I do have some computer expertise, and some members on the
list have computer science degrees (although they are outnumbered by
newbies), but still haven't been able to get digests in a readable
form. How can I expect to be able to explain what to do, to those who
don't even know what plain text means??
Nearly all the members of our mailing list do not use AOL. The
problem is not what email program Internet users use. The problem is
the format of the digests coming from Mailman.
From what I can gather, because this is not new, this is considered
to be a low priority problem in the development of the software.
However, most Internet users coming into contact with Mailman for the
first time, who happen to select the digest option, experience
Mailman for being messy and hard to read.
This is not good for promoting the use of Mailman, despite all the
wonderful things that it does internally - which unfortunately they
aren't able to appreciate.
We have many people often complaining to us, and wanting to know why
we don't move to Yahoogroups, which "is much easier to use and read",
they say. This is the marketing pression we get bombarded with, and
we would like to know what we can tell them about what's happening in
the future about this problem, because we really believe that Mailman
is fundamentally a wonderful product, and we want to see it survive
Many thanks for your help,
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