Plain text e-mail for AOL users
Some versions of AOL [email program] imbed HTML control characters
into the e-mail. Those extra characters don't add information, and
they don't make life easy on our MMD editors. Here's how AOL users
can be sure to send plain text e-mail.
Using any browser (AOL, Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, etc.)
go to http://www.aol.com/ . Click the icon for mail and log in with
your AOL screen name and password. Then send your message using the
AOL Mail feature. (AOL tech support referred to it as "Netmail".)
This is not dependent on any specific version of AOL; in fact, AOL
need not be installed on the computer that you use. It is only
necessary to have an AOL account and a computer with internet access.
[ Mike Knudsen wrote in 001203 MMDigest about the AOL email program:
[> 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. 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!
[ Meta says that the AOL tech support people she dealt with were
[ reasonable. Thanks, Meta, for your perseverance! :-) -- Robbie