HTML in Email Rebuttal

Anonymous reader “George” sent me a point-by-point rebuttal to “Why HTML in EMail is a Bad Idea.” While I disagree with most of George’s assertions, his response is nevertheless the most cogent defense of HTML in email that I’ve seen. In the interest of fairness, I have posted George’s notes without editing or commentary from me.

As if to prove I’m not a lone crazy man howling in the woods, Low-End Mac has published The Dying Art of Plain Text Email.


Music: Bill Laswell :: A Screaming Comes Across The Sky

2 Replies to “HTML in Email Rebuttal”

  1. I have to side with you on this one, Scot. HTML email drives me nuts and (security issues not withstanding) it one of the main reasons I switched from Outlook to “The Bat!” on all my Windows machines.

    Another arguement in favor of plain-text email is that more and more handheld devices (phones, PDA, etc.) are being used to access email. I don’t know of any email clients for these devices that can handle HTML email.

    btw, could he have used the phrase “VHS VS betamax” any more frequently?! ;)

    thanks for the great weblog and congrats on the latest addition to the Hacker family!!!

    -jh-

    (No HTML was harmed in the creation of this comment.)

  2. Very good point about the proliferation of handheld devices, etc., which counterbalances the proliferation of HTML-capable mail clients.

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