META: HTML messages

The Low Golden Willow (
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 21:23:32 -0700 (PDT)

On Jun 23, 8:43pm, "Abraham Moses Genen" wrote:

} > Please don't post HMTL to the list; it's annoying, wastes bandwidth and
} > very hard to read. It's particularly annoying when you also quote the
} > entire post you're replying to for no obvious reason.

} Apparently, at least one member of this select circle has not upgraded to a
} browser that can read HTML. In an attempt to please a possible minority of
} one (at least until he upgrades) I'll write in plain script.

Two, and it isn't entirely a question of "upgrading". Even when the
mailer I use on this cluster knows enough to recognize a MIME message
there's generally no point. Often I'm on a terminal, in which case I
can't see anything special. Sometimes I'm on an X console; then I'm
asked permission to go into MIME mode. If I say yes it spawns another
xterm and displays the message in a small font. Oh boy, the advance of
technology. Using bold or italics isn't exactly worth the effort. And
then I might want to save the text...

Not that I'd call mush (ancestor of Zmail, I hear) a "browser". Runs a
lot faster, for one thing.

This is a mailing list. Use e-mail and e-mail programs. HTML is nice,
but more expensive. Specifically running graphics programs is expensive
in time and memory. I prefer not to enter that realm unless there's
reason to do so. I will ignore people whose messages take more effort
to read than they are worth.

Merry part,
-xx- Damien R. Sullivan X-) <*>

Holy Wood!...was that special sort of beautiful area which is only
beautiful if you can leave after briefly admiring its beauty and go
somewhere else where there are hot tubs and cold drinks. Actually
staying there for any length of time is a penance. -- _Moving Pictures_