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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-05-01 10:59:00

on Sat Mar 22 2008, Jens Seidel <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I noticed that Boost's mailing list rules don't forbid sending useless HTML
> attachments which is not a good idea for discussion lists. Please let's
> extent
> to avoid this.
> Advantages:
> * Smaller messages
> * Faster opening (difference between text and HTML parts can be
> factor 10 and more!)
> * More consistent display formatting (no differences between
> text and HTML can occur without HTML)
> * There is absolutely no need to send HTML stuff. If one really depends
> on pictures or similar stuff the person should use normal attachments
> or even better upload the data to a remote site
> Omitting HTML parts is just a common rule for many lists, strange that Boost
> didn't enforce it yet.

Long ago we decided to discourage it, but not to simply ban it, because
*sometimes*, in rare instances, HTML provides the extra expressiveness
needed to get a point across. It hasn't been a huge problem, AFAIK.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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