On Tue, 7 Apr 98 9:21:38 EDT, Info-LabVIEW List
>>Info-LabVIEW List Maintainer <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>>Was I asleep the day someone gave away the mailers that understand
>>>>enriched text to 90% of the email user base, or have you just
>>>>missed the whole point of why HTML is being used?
>>>Seems to me like it's being used, largely, by those who prefer USA Today to
>>>The Wall Street Journal.
>>In fact the Wall Street Journal is betting heavily
>>on HTML and XML as a standard for organizing and
>>presenting its information resources.
>I guess you miss my point. I thought it pretty simple.
>Look at the PRINT version of the WSJ. Look at USA Today.
>HTML mail is USA Today.
>Plain text is the WSJ.
>Izzat a simple enough analogy for you?
The analogy doesn't work for me: there is much
more to well-designed text than meets the eye. The
Wall Street Journal is an example of wonderfully
designed *enhanced* text that is impossible to
replicate in the kind of plain text that is
available in pre-HTML mail readers. HTML is about
much more than the pretty pictures one finds in
USA Today, although one can use HTML to create USA
Today effects, as well as Wall Street Journal
The bottom line is that the publishing industry
overall is taking HTML and XML as seriously as are
the major makers of Windows-based mail readers,
and intends to distribute its wares via HTML/XML
email. Apparently the traditional Unix community
doesn't understand this revolution in progress, a
situation which no doubt is going to make
Microsoft very happy and much richer.
Future versions of Windows NT may well make
obsolete majordomo, listserv and similar programs
for the great majority of mailing list