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HTML Control & AOL Email Program
By Mike Knudsen

For anyone using mailing lists, like our MMD, I have it on good
authority that the latest AOL browser, version 6.0, insists on sending
the HTML version of your email along with your straight text.  Or maybe
instead of straight text!  Anyway, there's no way to turn it off.

The _former_ AOL user who told me this called AOL customer support to
ask how to turn off the HTML, which was choking some of the mailing
lists he's on.  (I believe HTML doesn't choke the MMD, but just adds
clutter that everyone has to wade through).

They told him that everybody should just go on AOL and stop fighting
the HTML, the wave of the future which is now become the present.
Since even Microsoft's mailers have an option to turn off the HTML
text, I guess we can say that an even bigger ego than Bill Gates' has
been sighted!  So don't be in a hurry to upgrade if you use AOL!

Lucky for me, I keep using AOL 4.0 on my 486 PC, but someday they'll
stop selling me tubes for it -- or is that rolls?  :-)

Mike Knudsen

 [ MMD is transmitted as 7-bit plain text so that our subscribers
 [ with primitive ISPs will receive it cleanly.  But _I_ must wade
 [ through and eliminate lots of HTML each night when I edit MMD,
 [ and I'm getting to be sick and tired of it!  :-(
 [ Elsewhere in this Digest, Richard Vance describes how to control
 [ the HTML feature in Microsoft Outlook Express.   -- Robbie

(Message sent Sun 3 Dec 2000, 05:10:07 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  AOL, Control, Email, HTML, Program

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