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[Xmca-l] Re: Email Format Conventions



Or just sort your messages in subject/date order and read each message in whatever order you like. ... except for people like Huw who embed their replies. :)
But in any case, it is nothing to do with xmca.
Some messages put coloured lines on the left, some put grey lines on the left and some put >s on the left. It is hard to tell by looking, but I think it is the email client of the first responder which formats the next layer of indenting, resulting in mixtures of the 3 different modes in any given message on occasion.

Andy
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Huw Lloyd wrote:
On 17 August 2014 19:20, David H Kirshner <dkirsh@lsu.edu> wrote:

David,
Thanks for your insightful post.
In scrolling down below your message, to recover the context, I was
faced--as all of us so often are--with the garbling effect that comes from
use of the ">" program that separates out the various generations of
response by inserting a new level of ">" for each new message.
That formatting option may serve a valuable function in case two or more
authors are replying to each other with comments embedded in the prior
text. But that kind of communicative format is not used very frequently,
and even when it is, the line-break function of the program tends to
fragment sentences to the point of incoherence (see below).


Hi David,

Actually embedded replies are used frequently and productively in many
technical arenas!


I suspect this format continues to be in popular use because people who
use it feel a sense of comfort with the tradition of usage that trumps
functionality concerns, or perhaps they just don't know how to change
formats.
Are there other reasons?


The email software conventions programmed into email clients (applications)
indent the content of email that is replied to.  Overriding this by not
indenting old text would be unusual.

Text formats etc are usually filterable by the mail server.  Additionally
the mail server can also perform simple functions such as cutting all text
below a specially marked piece of text (e.g:
http://www.redmine.org/issues/4409) to help prevent very long trailing
messages.

Best,
Huw