How do I send email in "Plain Text"?
Configuring Mail Clients to Send Plain Text
To view a sample of what styled text looks like to many list readers..
Please see this article:
Plain Text methods
Or this article:
What is wrong with sending HTML or MIME messages?
There are a three main reasons for NOT doing this:
- Many E-mail and Usenet News reader programs, usually the mail and news
reader programs that come with browser packages, allow users to include
binary attachments (MIME encoded) or formatted text within their E-mail
messages. They even allow HTML that is normally used in web pages. This
makes URLs into clickable links and it means that graphics can also be
included in E-mail messages. While this makes your E-mail interesting and
pretty to look at, it can cause problems for other people who receive your
E-mail because they may use different E-mail programs, different computer
systems, and different word processing programs, whose files are often not
fully compatible with each other. Any of these can cause trouble with
attachments. Most of the time all they see is the actual HTML code behind
the message. In some cases, the message is nothing but strange looking text.
When you send an attachment, like a word processor file,
to have it appear on the other end as the exact same type of file the
recipient must have hardware and software that can read that file. For
example, if you attach a Microsoft Word file, and the recipient of your
message is using a word processor that can't open MS Word files, that person
isn't going to be able to open your attachment and they are less than likely
to be very happy about it.
- HTML or MIME messages are larger and more wasteful than simple text
messages. Using HTML or MIME in E-mail messages makes the messages larger in
size by some two thirds. These will take longer to download and they take up
more storage space than standard E-mail messages. E-mail storage is
important because many people retain copies of messages they receive and in
the case of mailing list digests, the individual messages are combined in
one large message and sent to the user at the end of the day. In addition,
the mailings lists archive the messages for periods of up to 6 months to
enable users to search for particular postings at a later time.
- HTML or MIME messages leave or include unwanted files (attachments) on
the machines of the recipients of these messages.
Plain text is how your messages should be formatted when sending E-mail to
mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups or to any other recipient. Though this
rule is not yet cast in "Netiquette" stone, it is a good policy to follow if
you want quick and informative responses to your questions and wish to avoid
being "flamed" as a clueless newbie.
HTML is meant for the WWW; not for mailing lists, Usenet newsgroups
postings, proper business E-mail correspondence and preferably not for
personal E-mail unless the recipient is expecting it.
MIME encoded mail is used to send attachments that consist of pictures,
sound files, spreadsheets, word-processing documents, zip files, or other
binary files to recipients that have and use the same operating system, the
same word processing program and a common E-mail program such as Eudora,
Pegasus, Netscape, or Outlook.
MIME attachments are not wanted on mailing lists, Usenet newsgroups
postings, business E-mail correspondence, and preferably not for personal
E-mail unless the recipient is expecting it.
For background information see "Netiquette Guidelines"
To see what actual HTML/MIME mail looks like in UNIX Pine, see examples
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