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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: draft - Website migration(+) announcement - draft
Date Sun, 01 Jan 2012 19:30:52 GMT
There are, of course, some cautious folks who still see their incoming mail as 
plaintext regardless of how it is sent.  It matters, in that case, that the 
plaintext rendering be sufficient for the links to the full, formatted content 
to be seen and followed at the option of the recipient.  The plaintext should 
also be a reasonable representation.

I think a good compromise would be for the announcement to provide an abstract 
in the case when the full text is substantial, with appropriate links.  And in 
that case, a plaintext-only form would be ideal, with a link to a web version. 
The web version can be internationalized in many ways, including via browser 
language detection as well as user selection.

This musing has me think that

 1.There should always be a web-location permalink (whether project blog or 

 2. The announcement list should only carry plaintext messages with suitable 
links for archival web location, extended content, other-language versions, 

 - Dennis

PS: One advantage of the always-open-the-plaintext approach is that it is 
generally easy to see the full URLs of hyperlinks, not just the linked text, 
and be satisfied that there is no phishing/tracking going on.  It is also 
possible to archive/reforward plaintext more reliably (and it is amazing to me 
how many list-server setups do such a bad job of it after all these years).

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrea Pescetti []
Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2012 10:56
Subject: Re: draft - Website migration(+) announcement - draft

On 31/12/2011 Rob Weir wrote:
> HTML is not very reliable in email.  But maybe we could do this:   Create
> the newsletter as a webpage, either on the wiki, or via mdtext or the
> blog.  That has the full text of the newsletter.  Then for the announce
> list, we just include the table of contents or the first paragraph or some
> other enticing lead-in, and then link to the full newsletter.

We could also send the whole HTML newsletter with the usual initial link
"If the newsletter does not display correctly, click here for the Web
version", or similar text.

This initial line could also be used to say that translated versions of
the newsletter exist. They would not be sent until the time this project
has native-language announce lists, but they would be linked from the
online version.


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