Re: HTML for email

Keith Moore <moore@network-heretics.com> Mon, 01 March 2021 23:47 UTC

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From: Keith Moore <moore@network-heretics.com>
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On 3/1/21 6:32 PM, Benjamin Kaduk wrote:

> (FWIW, I myself perennially find myself reminding people that the official
> IETF mail archive (web) service only displays the text/plain component, so
> things like color and <div>s for quoting/indentation are lost.)

To me it seems like an "official" archive needs to preserve messages in 
the formats in which they were submitted, or as close to that as possible.

I can certainly understand if the web interface to such an archive 
doesn't support every aspect of MIME, or if it is careful about what 
HTML (or JS, or...) it presents to the reader.   But losing color and 
indentation seems very sub-optimal.

It's just a simple matter of (yet more) programming I suppose. And the 
devil is in the details.

Keith