HTML Email - was [oclug] Stormix troubles...
shad at quotationlocation.com
Fri Feb 9 01:25:16 EST 2001
"Michael P. Soulier" wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 08, 2001 at 09:19:15AM -0500, Stephen.Gregory at cse-cst.gc.ca wrote:
> > I disable HTML in emails for security reasons. I encorage others to do so.
> > If I recieve an HTML email message *and* it looks important I will view its
> > source first. Often it just gets deleted.
> > The security reasons I speak of aren't the obvious I-Love-You type
> > mailbombs. Disabling java script in emails is usually enough to prevent
> > those. Rather it is the img or meta-refresh bugs that let the spammer know
> > that they have a valid email address. And there are other security similar
> > issues.
I'm killing myself laughing here...you just make that up? ROFL
> > <rant>
> > HTMl email also suffers from web bloat. Authors who insist on using their
> > favorite fonts, colours, and 5cm wide 2m long text columns. I can't read
> > those stupid 13px fonts. I have a 19" monitor dammit. It runs at 1600x1200
> > not 640x480!
> > </rant>
um, you can define a default font size overiding the actual html specified
font... and the fact that you chose to run your monitor at an eye strain
resolution is your choice. Nobody is making you use it.
> > While I agree that text email seems rather primitive it does a good job of
> > sending messages between people. If people insist on sending printer
> > formated
> > text with stupid colours and images they can use postscript or pdf.
And the fact is no one on this list is sending spam, just the ocasional somewhat
nicer format of HTML. None of you have even begun to put forth a valid reason to
refuse formatted text in linux. The "I love you" virus has ZERO effect in this OS
(it was a outlook express exploit or have you all forgotten that?). An um..pdf is
a proprietary format (hmm smells of hipocracy again) and Postscript renders so
poorly in linux as to be nearly useless (unless you intend to -print- each and
every mail you get)
> Amen! Not to mention the fact that while there is an HTML standard, no one
> conforms to the damn thing, so I'm not about to support HTML mail any time
Please, give me a break. Many of us who use HTML conform to the standards. Again
these are some increadibly weak arguments. All I am hearing from you lot is a
bunch of ol' time elitist snobbery. Hail the good ol days, Unix is alive and
Laughing uncontrollably at the lunacy of this list.
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