Unpopular opinion: I'm a top-poster. Important stuff comes at the top. No scrolling required. Everything else is optional. If you want, there's the history of that thread right below the important part. More recent stuff – the more important stuff – is near your current position, which happens to be near the top. Sure, if clients displayed the bottom of a mail right a way, we could have things in order. But: scroll down to read the rest of the mail, scroll up for its history? That'd be weird.
OK, now I found the document it is referring to. Nice domain name!
I laughed at this one:
｢"But if plaintext is so good, why is this page written in HTML?"
This is a reference document, not an email, you twit.｣
I don't agree with the suggestion that *strong* and /emphasis/ is just as good as using a different font weight and slant, unless the email client does that for you. It sounds a bit like cheating? Or like a very reduced HTML subset?
Well, that would work for me…
@kensanata I feel like A LOT of problems in communications software would be solved if there had been a popular, simple, open standard for formatted ‘rich’ text.
I have never seen how its syntax actually looks like.
It doesn't seem any better, and perhaps worse than html. It looks a bit like latex. And btw, email clients in theory can easily make frontends / plugins for markdown, so one doesnt have to learn markdown.
Besides, Markdown is a lightweight markup language for writing HTML, whereas I thought it’d be better if there was something for bold, italic, underline… and perhaps hyperlinks, but not much more. Just slightly formatted text.
Yes indeed 😂
@kensanata I don't understand why there isn't a standardized "safe" subset of HTML already. Preferably one without any styling.
@alcinnz My recent gopher Text to HTML translating went surprisingly well. The mess of wiki markup has made me very flexible and I think Gopher is a good example of people freely using intuitive, messy plain text markup – and translating it to HTML still works well enough.
@kensanata Thunderbird has an option for simplified HTML when viewing emails. Bold formatting and tables work as in full HTML, but it spares you images and custom fonts. All in all it looks pretty similar to plain-text when using a monospace font, but with useful formatting.
@zalandocalrissian Sounds perfect! I was a Thunderbird user ages ago...