Mark Hansen wrote:
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?

No good reason to send both, send each group seperately.

The ones who read plain text only will NOT see the html part, so the message size is grossly inflated for the content. i.e. 25KB of plain text but the message size is anywher from 55 to 65KB

Those who read html will not see the plain text part, so there is 25KB of useless 'bloat' in the message if you send both.

While you may be on broadband, and using protocols/hosts that don't limit you to file sizes or space, many (approx 60% of Americans - more in some other countries) are still on dialup, and some even pay for time.

For example, where my family is (rural setting), use of the internet ties up their phone line, is quite slow (28K). Sending them html messages because someone ELSE can read them is impolite, improper and callous.
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