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Re: [sharechat] attachments Malcolm

From: robin benson <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 10:18:59 +0000

On 30 Jan 2004, at 10:01, Malcolm Cameron wrote:

> I have deleted 5 emails today from Richard  Hooper all with Attachments

That's Hoop's "dancing H"!!

I recently had a client who designed an Outlook Express template for 
outgoing emails. The background was their new logo, repeated endlessly 
in a grid. The text was in their corporate colours, with their 
signature in a three different fonts. It was a shambles. The text of 
their emails was hard to read because of the background, the colours, 
while ok in their logo, looked terrible when applied to text, making 
the whole process of reading what they had to say a real effort. Why 
did they do this? 1. Because they could. 2. Because their email client 
had these "features" highlighted by its developers, and 3. Because they 
thought (incorrectly, as they found out) that their clients would just 
love it.

Regarding format for outgoing emails, I always recommend that people 
use plain text. Occasionally, bold is useful, but using *asterisks* is 
just as good an alternative for emphasis.

No HTML. No fancy signature attachments. No colours. Just text. This 
means that attachments tend to be attached documents rather than fancy 
bits and pieces. Of course, if one is using a free online email 
facility, then this can sometimes be hard to achieve.



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