[Mailman-Users] The "right" way to reply to a mailing list

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Mar 25 05:14:28 CET 2015

Lindsay Haisley writes:

 > One of two things is eventually going to have to happen.  Either people
 > who design and publish standards for email are going to have to come to
 > agreement on a proper standard for this kind of content
 > enhancement,

We have that, IMO.  It's called HTML5 + <link rel=stylesheet ...>.
Unfortunately, class and id attributes can easily be abused, but even
so it's not hard to be disciplined if you want to be disciplined.

 > and people who design MUAs and email utilities such as mailing list
 > managers are going to have to come to grips with these standards
 > and implement them,

"Aye, there's the rub."  They don't want to.  It involves more thought
and less monopoly power.

 > or email as a form of communication will eventually go the way of
 > Usenet, archie, gopher and other extinct (or nearly so) protocols
 > and become an Internet relic

I'm not so pessimistic.

 > along with all the spam that it makes  possible.

I'm not so optimistic. ;-)

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