[Mailman-Users] text-only versus graphical

Brad Knowles brad at shub-internet.org
Mon Nov 20 21:12:57 CET 2006

At 12:23 PM -0600 11/20/06, Patrick Bogen wrote:

>  Most of us don't, for a couple of reasons:
>  Mailman's HTML support is fairly dumb, which means that the vast
>  variation in MUAs make it difficult to craft HTML (and message
>  structures that contain such) that will be presented in a regular way
>  to the users.

Mailman will transmit whatever you send, and you can configure it to 
avoid munging your HTML.  The problem is that most MUAs have limited 
ability to properly interpret HTML, and most programs for creating 
HTML output have wildly different ideas of how that content should be 
interpreted by the other end.

In this kind of environment, there's relatively little that Mailman can do.

>  Mailman's primary purpose is as a discussion-oriented mailing list
>  manager, not for distributing newsletters and/or announcements (though
>  it is easily converted to this purpose).


>  Lastly, for a lot of folk (or, at least, myself), HTML is a
>  four-letter word when it comes to email.

Yeah, HTML e-mail is pretty evil.

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