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 message.

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.

  -- Bruce

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
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