At 22:05 -0800 2000/11/01, list-managers-digest-owner@GreatCircle.COM (List-Managers-Dige wrote:
>Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 16:15:30 -0800
>From: Chuq Von Rospach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: HTML Based Email (AOL 6.0)
>At 5:30 PM -0600 11/1/00, Alan S. Harrell wrote:
> >On my
> >lists, my goal is to teach them NOT to use HTML with email.
>and do you tell them to use only a black and white TV, to? Crank
>their Model A? churn their own butter after milking their cow?
>You're fighting a battle that might be noble, but is long lost. All
>you're really going to do down the road is convince folks to not
>bother with your lists, except your own increasingly limited
>brotherhood of already-convinced like-thinkers.
But we can promote a more creative solution!!!!
How about we lobby the e-mail client writers to add a feature
"Send an e-list command"
Then all a user would have to do is choose this option for that
message, and type in the appropriate command. The mail client would
take care of making the message be plain text, with no signature, etc.
Such a feature would set along side, fonts, styles, html, pdf, attachements,
Then later if we create a MIME type for e-mail-list commands
and the majority of the MLM support it, then the e-mail clients
can just move to generating that instead, with out the users
having to know the difference.
For e-mail clients that have pluggable architectures (such as Eudora)
one could just create a plug in that provides command templates for
what ever MLM they are interacting with ....
Support costs go down all around.
users are happier
Anyone seen any reason *not* to promote this line of solution?
(something more constructive than, no one writer will ever listen)
In fact, Chuq, Apple has a great opportunity to take the high ground here.
They are planning to release a new mail client with Mac OS X.
If they make this mail client do something like the above, they
can make the Mac that much more friendly for the internet.
Cornell University E-List Admin Team