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I'm sorry you are annoyed with html mail. Perhaps surprisingly, those of us who use html do so not because we are not clever enough to configure our mail clients otherwise, but because we actually prefer it. As you are annoyed with html mail, so too am I annoyed with plain text messages. I wish everyone used html mail, but I'm not going to try to force it on anyone.

The amount of network bandwidth and storage space of this mailing list is trivial at best.

I'm hitting the Send button somewhat reluctantly and apologetically, as I recognize this is off topic.


-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos A M dos Santos [] 
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2001 11:19 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Open letter - HTML attachments

Dear all

After some time watching this list and receiving dozens of messages with HTML attachments, I finaly got annoyed enough to send this open letter. So, I'd like to ask all of you that use Netscape mail, MS Outlook/Exchange or wathever else to configure your software to *not* send messages in HTML, please.

HTML messages are not only annoying for people that use a pure-text mail reader -- like me -- but they also waste a lot of network bandwidth and storage space, since the messages are sent *twice*: both as plain text and as HTML attachment.

Don't take this as an anti-Microsoft, anti-Netscape or anti-wathever rant. I'm *not* one of those GNU/Linux a fundamentalists. I don't care if people compose mail with Emacs, Lotus Notes or "cat | sendmail", provided that I can read the messages, but I really dislike the HTML messages.

BTW, this is a technical list. It is expected that their subscribers be clever enough to configure a mail composer. :-)


Prof. Carlos A. M. dos Santos
    Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões Campus de Santo Ângelo, Depto. de Engenharias e Ciência da Computação Av. Universidade das Missões, 393 - Santo Ângelo, RS - CEP 98.802-470