On Wed, Mar 07, 2018 at 07:02:50PM +0000, Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2018-03-07, Scott Kostyshak <skostys...@ufl.edu> wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 06, 2018 at 08:06:12PM +0000, Grant Edwards wrote:
> >> I've noticed that the handling of text/plain by popular GUI MUAs has
> >> gotten so bad in past few years, that I'm now reluctant to send mail
> >> in that format.
> > What are the most common mistakes?
> They don't use a fixed-width font. I suppose it's debatable as to
> whether that's a "bug", but it wrecks a lot of plaintext posts/emails
> that have columns of data or "tables" in them.
> Some of them start a new paragraph (complete with extra vertical
> space) everytime they see a cr/lf.
> Or, they wrap things like bullet lists into a single "paragraph":
> This is a list with three items
> * item 1
> * item 2
> * item 3
> But it shows up like this:
> This is a list with three items * item 1 * item 2 * item 3
> text/plain (which usually assumes an 80-colum display) often renders
> especially bad on narrow phone displays.
> > I wasn't aware of this situation, and since I often argue in favor
> > of text/plain (well, usually multi-part MIME), I should be aware of
> > these issues.
> It depends on what MUAs (and the versions) the recipients have.
Thanks, Grant and Tim for your explanations. That's good to know!
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