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The Format is in the Email

Feb 27, 20061 min
Data CenterHTML

In this week’s Backspin I discuss the value of HTML formatted e-mail. I contend that HTML email is not only useful as it increases the information carried, it also improves the quality of users’ writing. So, can we find a safe, expressive medium that satisfies the presentation requirements of the New School of email users while it addresses at least some of the Old School’s concerns? My suggestions are either a limited set of HTML that excludes scripting and CSS or a technology like Adobe’s Flashpaper. Your thoughts would be …


Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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