Yesterday I received a message from the Palm developer program; it looked liked there was nothing in the message, so I poked around and found that it was an HTML formatted email. I’m a bit of a luddite when it comes to HTML email in that I completely oppose it. I go to great lengths to only display plain text email in Mail.app. I think my aversion to HTML email goes back to when I worked on Eudora with Steve Dorner. Steve opposed many things and he didn’t believe that HTML belonged in email which makes a lot of sense to me. One of my arguments against it has always been that I don’t want the sender of a message to force how the message should be viewed on me, in particular, the text color, text font, and text size. This argument doesn’t hold much water if you think about it; every website I visit forces me (more or less) to view it how the author intended. However, in most cases, people don’t go overboard in websites to display stuff in 20 point bold, red type, like I’ve seen in email. Why people do this, I have no idea.
I’m sticking to viewing plain text email.