[Mailman-Users] text-only versus graphical

Patrick Bogen pdbogen at gmail.com
Mon Nov 20 23:17:55 CET 2006

On 11/20/06, Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org> wrote:
> 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.

No judgement meant on Mailman for this. I have at least a cursory
understanding of the issues. By 'dumb' I was referring to the
amount/nature of processing that Mailman does on HTML, absolutely not
the intelligence of the good folk that implemented such processing. :)

- Patrick Bogen

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