Mark Hansen replied On 3/22/2009 3:20 PM
If the person composing the message is considerate of the other persons
preferences in receiving mail then the person sending the message will
conform to those preferences. It has not been very long ago that major
cooperations that send out e-mail messages to their customers sent one
very special message, asking if they prefer plain text or HTML formatted
messages. The lesson here is if you want to keep good relations with
your customers you will comply with what they want, not what you want.
On 03/22/09 08:49, Michael Gordon wrote:
Mark Hansen replied On 3/22/2009 10:05 AM
On 03/22/09 06:50, Moz Champion (Dan) wrote:
Rick Merrill wrote:
Html AND text = when this option for email is used,
does the text get doubled up? I often receive email
that suggests this is the case.
In short, yes.
When you send in plain text, the message is sent in plain text of
course. When you send in html, the message is sent in html.
If you send in 'both' (plain text and html) there is a plain text
'portion' and a html 'portion' sent. Depending on your email/news
program (and it's settings) you will only usually 'see' one version on
your screen, but both will be there in the message.
Dependent on how much html is used, a plain text message of say 25KB
would perhaps be 30KB to 40KB if sent html. If sent both, then the
message size would be 55KB to 65KB
Never send both. It more than doubles the size of a plain text message
for no good reason. If a person is reading in plain text only, they will
only see the plain text version, the html is useless to them. If they
are reading in html, the plain text version is likewise useless.
No good reason to ever send both? What if you're sending a message to
a group of people, some of whom read only plain text, and some of whom
appreciate HTML e-mail?
There really is no good reason to send a message in both formats, it
simply clutters up the message and makes it much larger for no good reason.
In your example you can send the messages in the format that is
preferred by the persons receiving the message, even if they are in a
single group with different preferences.
This assumes you know the preferences of all the recipients in advance.
The person composing the e-mail may not.
In your address book for each card you have a button and selection for
ASCII (plain text), HTML (formatted), and unknown. This will select the
correct formatting for you when you click the Send Button.
Keep in mind that if you format in HTML and create formated text,
tables, and inline images the persons receiving your message in ASCII
will never see your fancy formatting. The only way this really oworks
well is if the formatting you compose is to the text characters of the
message (bold, underscore, color, etc.).
It doesn't matter what the sender wants to do with the e-mail message, only
that he wants to send in both formats.
Some folks have e-mail accounts where they are limited to the total size
in bytes of their collective messages, when that limit is reached all
incoming messages are blocked and maybe a server reply is returned to
the sender stating the receivers mail box is full.
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