Quotes in replies
Carl S Zimmerman
csz_stl at s...
Thu Apr 1 18:20:11 BST 2004
May I appeal to all subscribers to be careful and considerate in your
editing when replying to others' postings? Readers who have email
clients different from/to yours may have considerable difficulty in
distinguishing between material which you quote and your reply to it.
That's especially true if you are relying on differences in
color/colour or typeface (e.g., bold or italics, or an entirely
different font) versus "normal" text. Many email clients simply do
not display anything except plain text, so that your intended
distinctions will be entirely invisible to their users.
At a minimum, please do at least one of the following:
- put a blank line between adjacent quotes and replies
- bracket and initial your response [a la CD]
- use a consistent style of your choice that will be visible to
readers of plain text
- make sure that any plain text quotation marking (e.g., leading
">") is consistent throughout the quoted material; repair any damage
that may have occurred through line wrapping along the way.
For those subscribers who are habitually careful in their editing, thank you!
For all others, thank you for your consideration of this important
matter. Any communication requires both a sender and a receiver;
effective communication requires the sender to consider the message
from the receiver's viewpoint.
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