[ExI] plain text strange = chars was Not very bright

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Sat Jul 24 09:27:12 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 12:45 AM, Damien Broderick  wrote:
> On 7/23/2010 6:12 PM, Jim Stevenson wrote:
>> What are all those strange characters starting with =?
> You didn't identify whom you were addressing. Spike? Me? Someone else?

In this particular case it was the notorious Mr Gregory Jones.  ;)

Spike appears to be using Yahoo Mail Classic.

To send an email using only plain text in Yahoo! Mail Classic:
    * Follow the Options link in Yahoo! Mail Classic's navigation bar.
    * Select General Preferences under Management.
    * Make sure Compose messages as plain text is selected under
Composing E-mails.
    * Click Save.
    * Click Compose to start your message.


Another quite common error is for mail clients to have the default
reply option set to
'Reply in the same format'.
This means that if someone sends an HTML mail, the email client
automatically replies in HTML also.   (It's a virus!).  :)

The safer option is to set the default to plain text. Then if you
*really* want to do a fancy HTML mail with different size fonts,
graphics, etc. then you have to consciously change the options.


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