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Alan Cox alan at
Fri Feb 22 13:08:05 UTC 2008

On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 07:44:33AM -0500, Mail Lists wrote:
> approval - is easiest for all if I simply reply and type approved in the 
> appropriate column - mimicking this with ascii art is a little silly and 

Ah but you've no idea what the recipient receives if you do that. HTML
isn't a strict formatting specification. You can also do foul things with
javascript and a lot of clients (or even the exploding gif from hell on
some of them is quite sufficient) [1]

> connections etc)  it is equally true there is a place for html mail 
> (business, never mind making it pretty for personal  reasons!) - arguing 
> that there is only one right way is just .. well .. sillly.


[1] Draw a plain coloured rectangle the largest size permitted by gif format,
save it. You'll find its very few bytes. Add about 50 of them to your html
email at the bottom. Send and watch as some clients try to turn them all into
enormous bitmaps run out of ram and die.

Almost as neat as the old (long fixed) <img src="file:/dev/mouse">

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