Moz Champion (Dan) wrote:
It takes too long? How would you know? You download it anyway.
When you 'see' a message in a newsgroup, regardless if it is written in
HTML or plain text, it is still listed in the subject pane. If you
choose to read it, it will be downloaded HTML and all. So even if you
don't read the HTML, you have already taken the time to download it anyway.
You are of course correct. But I can do my little bit for the world's bandwidth
by composing *my* messages in plain text, and if I do that then it makes sense
for me to view my incoming messages in plain text also.
But a couple of other reasons:
1. Many of my incoming (and outgoing) messages contain code, and I do not like
viewing code in a variable width font. AFAICT, HTML messages are always
displayed in a variable width font.
2. If I view my messages as plain text, then I *know* that I will not be the
OTOH, there is no point in trying to view RSS feeds in plain text, because RSS
feeds generally point to web pages. I am not afraid of HTML in RSS feeds,
because these are web pages that I have voluntarily subscribed to.
Anyway, hence the desire to have the default display type configurable on a per
server basis. The only explanation for the absence of such a feature might
appear to be that the authors of SM2 are happy to use the HTML setting for
everything, which surprises me.
Fortunately, it seems from the thread "Is there an allow_html_temp addon for
SeaMonkey?" that the situation is improved in the latest nightly builds of SM2,
though it falls short of being able to configure the default display setting on
a per server basis.
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