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- Subject: Re: New Topic (OT: thread/reply issues)
- From: Philippe Lhoste <PhiLho@...>
- Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 12:28:21 +0200
Rob Kendrick wrote:
Brian Weed wrote:
> The email message format knows if it is a reply or not? Very
Indeed. This is what makes http://www.nun.org.uk/threading.png possible.
> I assumed that the only indication that it is a reply is when "RE:" is
> prepended to the subject line by the client.
> My client also does not regard my "New Topic" email as part of the same
> thread as the original from which I replied, since it must follow
> the subject.
Lesser clients do this, because it's a lot easier. However, it destroys
threading information if the subject line is changed, which isn't what
you might want. (For example, I have changed the subject of this
posting so it actually reflects what's being discussed.)
(I use Thunderbird, btw.)
Outlook [Express] are not bad clients with regard to user interface,
ease of use, etc.
But they are well known to not follow standards
(<http://www.xs4all.nl/~js/gnksa/> for example), whether e-mail or
newsgroups (OE) ones. Threading is one issue, defaulting to HTML mail or
top posting is another, bad management of signature yet another one, etc.
I see Lotus Notes isn't much better, Rici Lake often posts in HTML
(probably forgetting to desactivate the option), resulting in bigger
messages (twice the text plus useless HTML formating tags) and different
display (smaller and different font), which is annoying.
Note there are some softwares aimed at improving the behavior of OE. I
don't have link off the top of my head, but I can find them if wanted.
Of course, using Mozilla or other good e-mail software is a better
solution (less risky as of security issues...), but sometime it is not
an option (at work?).
To those, like me, which didn't knew how to activate threaded view of
messages in Mozilla: the option is in View > Sort by > Threaded. I
didn't thought of this as a sort option, rather as a display one, but
Philippe Lhoste (Paris -- France)
Professional programmer and amateur artist