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February 17th, 2006

Bye Bye, HTML Email

Email is still pretty important to me. That’s why I took what I consider to be a bold step this week: I switched my office email to text-only.

I’d been using text-only for personal accounts, well, forever. But given that almost everyone else at my workplace uses HTML – mostly to an ill effect (stationery, Comic Sans MS, etc.) – it was hard not to use it. But there’s no good reason for me to use it, anymore. It’s just making my emails bulkier – that’s all.

Please tell me I’m not alone in my hatred of HTML email.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: jim [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday February 17, 2006 -- 2:32:14 pm
Oh, you're not alone in your dislike of HTML mail. I do what I can to try and keep e-mails at work (both personal and official company stuff) text only. Too many people believe their e-mails should look like something they wrote in Word.

DATE: Friday February 17, 2006 -- 2:40:18 pm
I never switched to HTML. I was text only when I was reading via Pine in 1995, and I'm still text only.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday February 17, 2006 -- 3:10:04 pm
Gods, yes. People who use HTML email are just begging for virii.

I use mutt (unix text-based, barely handles attachments) for my primary home email. At work I am forced to use Outlook, but quickly installed the Chilton preview pane, which strips all HTML out of it.

And I loathe email from people who only do HTML/RTF email who just reply inline, not even knowing that I cannot distinguish their replies from my own text. Grr...

DATE: Friday February 17, 2006 -- 3:24:13 pm
Why are you forced to use Outlook? Exchange supports IMAP. I use Thunderbird and then Outlook Web Access for calendar access.

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday February 17, 2006 -- 9:16:19 pm
Oh yeah, old-school text email 'til the day I die.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday February 18, 2006 -- 11:01:09 am
We're forced to use Outlook simply because IT doesn't want to deal with other applications. And, sure, Exchange supports IMAP and POP3. But they've been turned off.

Glad to have not heard any support for HTML email. ;-) The Ping must be a haven of sanity...

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