[b-greek] Re: Plain-text-only messages in AOL for Windows

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Wed Feb 06 2002 - 20:14:07 EST

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<div>At 7:21 PM -0500 2/6/02, Rbsads@aol.com wrote:</div>
<blockquote type="cite" cite><font face="Arial">In a message dated
2/6/02 7:58:48 AM Eastern Standard Time, cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu
Some others report to me that they're<br>
having great difficulty making AOL 7.0 for Windows send
<font color="#000000"><br>
Dear Carl,<br>
I am still using AOL 6.0. &nbsp;By the time I have patience to
downloan 7.0 there will probably be a much newer version.<br>
Earlier someone had posted very detailed instructions on plaintext in
AOL. I lost those instructions when my computer had a virus, or
something, and crashed.<br>
This post has been sent attempting plain text by right clicking in the
body of the email, selecting all, right clicking again in the body of
the now highlighted email text, selecting from the dropdown menu, TEXT
and, then, NORMAL.<br>
The earlier, more detailed, instructions had mentioned another way
through the preferences settings. The above method is from memory.<br>
I cannot comment on sending plain text in AOL 7.0.<br>
Thank you,<br>
Richard Smith<br>
Chattanooga, TN</font> ---<br>
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<div>But in fact, this attempt failed; this message is in MIME
formatted text with Arial font</div>
<div>Here are the instructions I had earlier on how to make the change
in AOL 6.0:</div>
<div><font color="#000000">The &quot;Unofficial AOL E-mail FAQ&quot;
(http://members.aol.com/adamkb/aol/mailfaq/#aol6html) offers the
following advice on avoiding the HTML formatting in AOL6.0:<br>
&quot;With the release of version 6.0 of its client software, AOL
began to embrace the use of full HTML in e-mail (see FAQ item 8). This
included a controversial feature in the sending of e-mail to the
Internet, in which messages were sent in a format known as
multipart/alternative, which uses MIME enclosures to include two
copies of every message: one in plain text, and one in HTML. Ideally,
Internet mail programs should be designed to display the version that
they understand. HTML-compliant programs can display the HTML section,
showing the formatting that the original sender included with the
message; while text-only programs would only show the text section.
Even HTML-enabled programs could be made to allow their users to
choose (or switch to) the text portion if they prefer simplicity.
However, some Internet e-mail programs were never designed to
recognize these MIME sections, resulting in the recipient of such a
message seeing both the plain text and HTML versions of the
&quot;Solution: When communicating with Internet recipients who are
not using an e-mail program capable of selecting which MIME section to
view, an AOL 6.0 user can turn off the HTML by taking the following
steps exactly as described:<br>
1. Change your global e-mail preferences (only needs to be done
a. Go to Keyword: Preferences (or choose Preferences from the Settings
menu on the AOL 6.0 toolbar).<br>
b.&nbsp; Click on Font, Text, &amp; Graphics Preferences.<br>
c. Click on the Reset button at the bottom of the resulting window. Do
not make any changes in the Font Preferences area of the window.<br>
d. Click on the Save button.<br>
2. Change a specific e-mail to plain text (must be done for every
a. Compose and address the e-mail as desired.<br>
b. Choose Select All from the Edit menu to highlight the entire
c. With the mouse arrow somewhere over the highlighted text, click the
Right mouse button, revealing a contextual menu (AKA Right-Click).<br>
d. Choose Normal from the Text menu.<br>
e. Taking care not to make any further changes to the message, send
&quot;Note that changing the text to normal will eliminate the
&quot;blue bar&quot; quoted text indicator, but will not remove some
HTML elements of the quoted text. The entire quoted section must be
deleted (or simply not quoted in the first place), followed by the
re-entry of the text quoted manually, prior to changing the text to
normal. Changing the text to normal will also eliminate any styled
text that would have been seen by AOL recipients of the message, which
cannot be re-added. Testing also suggests that messages with
hyperlinks cannot be converted to normal text, requiring the prior
removal of the link.</font></div>
<div><font color="#000000"><br>
&quot;If this process is unappealing, other options include reverting
to a prior version of AOL or using AOL Mail via the
<font color="#000000"></font></div>
Carl W. Conrad<br>
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)<br>
Most months: 1647 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828)
cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu OR cwconrad@ioa.com<br>
WWW: http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~cwconrad/>

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