I'm an Outlook user myself, and I've tried to fix up my outgoing mail
to be user-friendly.
Being MS-centric, the current MS Internet mail client, specifically, assumes
everyone else is using it. So, sigs, body text, and included reply text
get formatted. There is no setting that I've found that says, "Make
everything ASCII, period." I got messages from people after I changed to
Outlook asking why there was "this stuff" at the end of my message; it
turned out to be my sigs. D'oh!
o Go through all Options and set all fonts to the same and all colors to Auto.
o Do not use Word as your default editor.
o Set the sig font to the same as the Options fonts.
o If you are in doubt about a message's "cleanliness" (i.e., whether it's got
some fancy formatting), manually change all the text in a message to the
same font, with color Auto.
o If users' clients won't wrap, wrap the text yourself manually (as I've done
here). btw, Netscape will wrap; it's an option under View.
o Test by sending to a second account (preferably one of your own) and pick up
o When testing, send default messages and messages that you have manually
(I apologize if I didn't succeed in de-RTFing and de-MIMEing this
message. I just changed machines and I'm manually resetting my
Hope this helps.
From: Peter Bostrom [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 1997 5:16 AM
Subject: Re: another microsoft problem
>>>>> "SW" == Steve Wagge <Aerobiguy@aol.com> writes:
SW> Mail from one of our subscribers has a problem.
SW> The body of the message is repeated, only in large,
SW> italic, blue (on my mailer) print. In the digest,
SW> all mail after hers is in italic. In her trailer is:
SW> X-Mailer: Microsoft Internet Mail 4.70.1160
Try the taboo_header in 1.94.3 as in:
taboo_headers << END
/^X-Mailer: Microsoft Internet Mail 4.70.1160/i
This will bounce the traffic to the list owner who can
take appropriate actions.
We have a similar problem with MS Exchange and MSMail
list members and inserted the following with great success:
taboo_headers << END
The problem is what do we tell them? Any thoughts?
"Try turning off Rich Text Formatting . . ."
"Make sure you're not doing _XXX_ in you MUA . . ."
What are you other folks telling your list owners to instruct
their list members along these lines?
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