Email plain text ASCII,
Not HTML, Not rich text
HTML & MIME used to be mandatory for berklix lists, but is
now just recomended)
Not HTML, Not rich text, when mailing:
Why ? - Is It Mandatory ?
YES ! - & You don't need to know Why !
Just Do It! You have no choice !
HTML & rich text are Not allowed, Learn to send plain
Most people don't care Why anyway, they
- Don't want to know Why,
- Don't want to spend time to understand
- Can't understand why even if
- Or they want to complain/ argue
HTML Mail is Dumped &/or Rejected Automatically.
- The Mail List Robot
doesn't want HTML mail !
customers know to avoid sending HTML & use ASCII.
There's no time to read hundreds of Html spams daily, 7
days a week, to rescue 1 or 2 inconsequential HTML
mails from dozy social acquaintances, who haven't yet
realised their HTML format is spammer's favourite
- I don't have time to deal with Html mail, almost all of
which is junk spam, none of which is business mail.
- This Computer
Consultant has no time to install, debug, adapt &
acceptance test alternate mail robot software that could
accept HTML but that was problematic on initial test.
- Html list subscription software would lower the
barrier, encouraging more incompetents & less
thoughtful people & to join lists. Some lists don;t
Need more clueless people. Clueless people require hand
holding. I don't have time for that.
- Html consumes more resources to successfully filter for
- Ascii was how the Internet started, it's quite
sufficient for email, it is all this author & Majordomo willingly accept.
- More reasons why
Html Email is bad.
Which Operating System Do You Use ?
Microsoft Based (MS-Windows, 95/8/XP & other viral bases)
Which Mailer Software Do You Use ?
AOL (American On Line standard dialer
+ browser + mailer)
Link to another site pyropus.ca:
Turning off HTML mails for various AOL versions.
Various aol.com people have without help joined lists
that used to be run by Majordomo
(So either they just sent plain text, or
possibly the robot did what the plain text told it to
do, but also complained about any HTML duplicate
If you find it too difficult to set AOL to send Plain
Text, try one of these:
- Install another mailer (or browser that includes a
- Ask AOL support
how to send Ascii & then
copy this author the solution for this page
- Use a program such as open office & create
& export a Plain Text file.
- Use a net based program such as eg webmail.
If you are joining an AOL address to a list via Majordomo:
- Assume AOL is sending both HTML & Ascii (it
- Ignore all errors Majordomo will spew back
from the unwanted HTML & MIME enclosure
- Find the line in the response from Majordomo, where the ascii
subscribe is seen by Majordomo@, & replied
- Return the confirmation key (needed to avoid
hoax subscriptions), that Majordomo has sent
Here's some examples of mail header extracts, from
aol.com people who've sent mail including plain Ascii
X-mailer: Microsoft Office Outlook, Build
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
X-Mailer: Microsoft Office Outlook, Build
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE
X-Mailer: Atlas Mailer 2.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
X-Mailer: 9.0 SE for Windows sub 5014
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
Message->New Message or <ctrl>N
Then just type and click the "Queue" button
I've never written a html Email, but if I reply to a
message with html in it, after I press queue the
following dialog pops up.
The body or signature of this message contains
styled text (HTML). Some users of older e-mail clients
may have trouble viewing this message.
Do you want to send plain text, styled text, or both
Don't ask me again (and make the default selection I
Francis also points out
Eudora is better than others 'cos it allows MIME
enclosure to be dumped in a seperate directory so your
mail directory contains only mail, & not
enclosures, so doesn't flood over time.
Jim & Christel, have done this successfully in May
2010, ask them at a Beer
Tips from Jim:
Click "Einstellungen" and then under "Darstellung",
"E-Mail Format" "check "Text" instead of "HTML".
This does of course assume that the people are
accessing freenet mail via webmail.
Gmx.DE & presumably
Re gmx.de: "I couldn't find any option to turn off"
reports Erik S. 2004.06
@2013-10 There's also www.gmx.co.uk
Birgit has done this successfully in May 2010, ask her at
a Beer Gardeners
Tips from Birgit:
- This is done by sending with the
"nur-Text" function, avoiding to send as
- (Even if one may prefer to send "rich text" to
- The "Rich text- Nur-Text - HTML" button is
on top same line as the fat letters "HOTMAIL".
- There it says: "Senden - Entwurf speichern -
Anhängen - Rechtschreibprüfung - Nur-text
(or rich text or Html depends what one uses. I use
- Problem: When you open hotmail you can`t see the
button its invisible then or just not there. You have
to actually start to write a new email. Then the
Paul has done this successfully in May 2010, ask him at a
Tips from Paul
Click on Format at the top of the email.
Then in the pop-down click on "Nur-Text
Then the black dot moves down to "Nur-Text
from the default setting "Rich-Text
Then a warning window appears:-
Achtung: Die Formatierung dieser Nachricht wurde
von HTML auf Nur-Text umgestellt.Wenn diese
Nachricht gesendet wird, geht die aktuelle
Formatierung verloren. Moechten Sie den Vorgang
Click on OK.
Do this every time you send a plain text mail, because
the system reverts back to the default setting HTML.
MS Explorer (a browser, overkill
just for mail)
what you know so it can be documented
Tips from Melanie:
Use In this order:
- Finish editing file,
- Click Format,
- Under Format choose Plain Text,
(It warns if you use plain text you may lose ...
[spurious HTML Glitz]).
- Click OK,
- Click Send.
- Use some other mail domain, (free mail providers
- Do not use that domain to mail author or servers.
- Mail from them is automaticaly discarded by us, as
- When recipient (human or subscription robot)
receives mail from this domain & responds, epost.de
bounces back to sender, (seen both on these domains & by an Abu Dhabi
- They send error messages of their addreses being
unacceptable as Not an email address, but an
"E-Postbrief Adresse, ein Service der Deutschen
- In an international world community, virtually no
one knows or will care WTF an E-Postbrief might be,
they don't explain, & provide no RFC.
- They do solicit bounced recipient to sign up to be
`serviced' by them.
- They emit their noise just in German, with no
English translation alongside, despite its easy to translate, unlike more responsible
providers who provide an English equivalent of error
messages, for the Internet that internationaly
co-operates to develop, debug, operate & define
standards in English.
Packages on Multiple OSs eg Unix & Microsoft
Tips from Julian
A fat browser is overkill just for mail, but do
Click on the mail address, then select:
Options -> Formats -> Plain Text Only
Also you may want to try:
Edit -> Preferences -> Send Format
Netscape (A browser, overkill just for mail)
Probably much the same as Mozilla, as Mozilla grew
from Netscape. "It is easy in netscape to choose
ASCII" reports Erik S. 2004.06
Netscape/ Mozilla/ Thunderbird
Daniel Liston dliston @@ sonny.org 20 Aug 2009 To:
Majordomo-Users @@ greatcircle.com
Control-U in Netscape/ Mozilla/ Thunderbird to see
pieces of the message hidden by the client.
Firefox 3.6.17, tried 2011_07_25
Thunderbird 3.1.7, tried 2011_07_25
Edit -> Preferences -> (New Window) ->
Composition -> (Section HTML - Configure text
format behaviour - Send Options) -> (New Window)
-> (Text Format) -> From "Send the message in
both plain text and HTML" scroll down to "Convert
the message to plain text"
Optionaly also click:
Plain Text Domains -> Type Add -> berklix.org
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; FreeBSD amd64; en-US; rv:184.108.40.206) Gecko/201103
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
Unix (+ X-Windows etc):
If Still Stuck
Get an additional mailbox (often free) on a better
provider, then later dump your old mail provider, &/or
or educate yourself on how to configure programs &
suppliers you use.
Yes FreeBSD can display
.Doc Files & Other Proprietary MS formats