On 04/06/2018 03:49 PM, Gerard Beekmans wrote:
1. I can live with html as I can still read the message as plain text.
Personally I can turn it off with Thunderbird when posting. I never
send html on purpose.
2. I can live with lines greater than 72 characters, but it is better to
limit it if possible. Why are newspaper articles in columns about two
inches wide? To make it easier for the reader. That's too narrow for a
mail message of course, but the lines really shouldn't be wider than
about 5 inches. For a fixed pitch font of normal size , that is about
72 characters. Research has shown that more characters per line
decreases reading comprehension.
3. Top posting is a problem when multiple users are commenting.
Generally I think it is fine if there is a one to one exchange, but
really the reply comment should be close to the relevant point in the
I don't understand why it is more difficult to respond at the end of a
message than in the middle. The seder should try to make the message
easy for the reader ot understand.
4. My biggest objection to common usage is responders not trimming the
text to the relevant part. Sometimes the original sender on our lists
does not know what is relevant or not, but the responder should know.
A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?
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