[Mailman-Users] text-only versus graphical
dragon at crimson-dragon.com
Tue Nov 21 01:18:06 CET 2006
Daevid Vincent sent the message below at 15:57 11/20/2006:
>Furthermore, it's just basic common sense, that if you you're going to send
>your email in HTML, you had better be considerate of bandwidth, size,
>formatting, etc. Otherwise, you are risking loosing your audience. But the
>same could be said if the person typed in all capitals, and swore like a
>sailor using plain-text.
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But that is a large part of the problem. People are NOT mindful of
these things and they also commonly lack that sense we all wish was common.
Let me say that positing this argument in this group is pretty much
swimming upstream against a raging torrent of opposing opinion, at
least that is how I see it.
HTML results in a lot of overhead, this is especially so with a
number of MUAs that make bad markup (and more of them perpetrate this
crime than don't). It is not unusual for a message that could be sent
in 3 or 4 kB to bloat to 10 or even 100 times that size when
presented in HTML. All of that markup and the images and what have
you take bandwidth to send to all of those list members. A
well-behaved MUA should also be sending HTML mail in a
multipart-alternative MIME message with a text-html and a plain-text
version of the message. All of that also adds even more overhead and
eats more bandwidth.
It also depends much on the audience, what is important to them? The
presentation or the message? A technical list such as this one rarely
has need for any sort of graphical presentation. A list like this is
plain text because it is the message that is important and all of
that fancy formatting gets in the way.
Mailman is not intended to be a marketing device. People use it that
way but it is not and never was intended to be a vehicle for
advertising and customer contact.
I will also state that command-line is extremely useful and powerful.
It's also extremely parsimonious about resources. An awful lot has to
happen and run correctly for any GUI to light up to the point where
it is useable to do anything. Next time your windowing system refuses
to start, you may be grateful to have the command line.
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