[Mailman-Users] text-only versus graphical

George Sexton gsexton at mhsoftware.com
Tue Nov 21 15:16:47 CET 2006

Dragon wrote:
> 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.
Since 99% of the mail that enters my server is spam of some sort, 
worrying about a little overhead on the 1% that I actually care about 
doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

George Sexton
MH Software, Inc.
Voice: +1 303 438 9585
URL:   http://www.mhsoftware.com/

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