Top posting solution
freebsd at pursued-with.net
Tue Aug 10 14:58:01 PDT 2004
On Tue, 10 Aug 2004, JJB wrote:
> The fact of life is all the Unix mail clients adhere to the Unix
> email format of posting the reply to the bottom of the email while
> indenting with a quote character.
Not true. Pine doesn't, for example. It begins a reply with the cursor
at the very top of the message body.
> Top posting came along when MS/Windows came on the market with their
> own email clients: Outlook express which is the email client built
> into Internet explorer and the MS/Office Outlook email client.
Not true. See above.
> There is a little known fix for MS/Outlook express and MS/Office
> Outlook email clients that change the behavior of these MS/Windows
> email clients so they adhere to the Unix email format of posting the
> reply to the bottom of the email while indenting with a quote
"Fix" is a loaded term which presumes that something is broken.
> To all you Unix hard liners, Please instead of complaining to the
> top posters, it would be so much nicer if you just informed the
It would actually be much nicer if they'd just quit trying to enforce
their preferences on others.
> MS/Windows top poster of the above links so they know about the
> solution to fix their email clients to adhere to the Unix email
> format used on this list.
Please provide a cite/ref to the "Unix email format" as something more
concrete than your personal definition. And more concrete than RFC 1855,
whose second sentence reads: "This memo does not specify an Internet
standard of any kind."
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