[OS X TeX] A modest proposal
gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Wed Nov 17 11:36:06 EST 2004
I usually try to send only plain text messages to the list, but
occasionally I miss it, since rtf is the default setting of my Apple
Mail application, which I don't want to change.
The particular offense, which I am responsible of and which I admit to,
because of the overwhelming evidence, results from pasting a formatted
Applescript to my message, which is easier to be read and and to be
understood as its plain text version. I even confess that, when doing
it the second time, I deliberately decided not to change the format to
plain text, because my first accidental rtf message was transformed to
plain text when I received it from the list server.
It appears that the insistence of "plain text only" messages is caused
by the digested version of the list, the merits of which I don't know
nor do I want to know.
However, sometimes it is very helpful to absorb information in the form
of a rtf formatted text instead of plain text. Hence, if it would be
technically possible to feed the digest only with plain text messages,
and present rtf messages only in the ordinary list, I would opt for
On 17.11.2004, at 11:02, Thomas A. Schmitz wrote:
> Sorry if this sounds slightly grumpy, but this has bugged me for a
> while now: several times on the list, we had discussions that mail
> should be sent in simple text format, not html, not mime, no nothing.
> Excuse me if I name offending parties, but maybe they are not even
> aware of the problem: Alain Schremmer and Claus Gerhardt make us wade
> through a sea of unnecessary
> "<color><param>4040,8080,0000</param>process_name</color>" tags. Could
> you please set your mail-agents to send pure text messages? Thank you.
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