Major Annoyance: HTML in Messages

From: Nichael Cramer (
Date: Wed Mar 12 1997 - 09:25:12 EST

James C. Clardy, Jr. wrote:
> Does anyone know Paul Mirecki at the University of Kansas or Charles Hedrick
gospel&quot; > being reported by Reuter News Service?&nbsp;
> <BR>
> <BR> [... etc ...]

This is not directed at James individually, but could people please be
careful when using their mailers that it *NOT* include all of this
HTML-like cruft in their out-going messages.

Not only it is very annoying to those of use who have to read it, it also
make it simply all but impossible to even read your message. For example
the following bit of gibberish:

> <BR>
> <BR>HOME:&nbsp;&nbsp; James C. Clardy, Jr.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Phone:&nbsp;
> 615-758-0952
> <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 205 Grandstaff Court&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
> FAX:&nbsp; 615-758-6881&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
> <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Old Hickory, TN 37138
> <BR>
> <BR>OFFICE: James C. Clardy, Jr.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; PHONE:&nbsp; 615-754-6034
> <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 84 South Greenhill Road&nbsp;&nbsp;
> FAX:&nbsp; 615-754-6058&nbsp;
> <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
> <BR>
> <BR>PAGER:&nbsp; 1-615-783-5727
> <BR>
> <BR>

I presume that there is some option on your mail-reader that controls
this behavior. Please find out what that is and dis-able this behavior.

If this is not optional behavior on your mail-reader, please get a new
mail-reader that does not have this behavior.

Again, this is not simply an annoyance to your reader. As author you
should be aware that most readers are seeing much of your messages as
simple gibberish.


Nichael Cramer

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