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What a Microsoft mess

October 19, 2011

HTML email is great. It really is. Some people still want their lives entirely text-only, but I enjoy when the marketing emails I’ve requested look nice. But if you’re just shooting a note to somebody in the course of your regularly daily email, plain text is more than sufficient! I just clicked “Reply” on a message, and before I could make inline notes in reply, I had to delete all of this that came out with it:

<!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;} @font-face {font-family:Tahoma; panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4;} @font-face {font-family:Consolas; panose-1:2 11 6 9 2 2 4 3 2 4;} @font-face {font-family:”Bodoni MT \, serif \; color\: red”; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0;} @font-face {font-family:”Times New Roman \, serif \;”; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0;} @font-face {font-family:”Bodoni MT \, serif”; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0;} @font-face {font-family:”Times New Roman \, serif”; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; color:black;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:blue; text-decoration:underline;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; text-decoration:underline;} pre {mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-link:”HTML Preformatted Char”; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Courier New”; color:black;} span.HTMLPreformattedChar {mso-style-name:”HTML Preformatted Char”; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-link:”HTML Preformatted”; font-family:Consolas; color:black;} span.moz-smiley-s1 {mso-style-name:moz-smiley-s1;} span.EmailStyle20 {mso-style-type:personal; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; color:windowtext;} span.EmailStyle21 {mso-style-type:personal; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; color:#1F497D;} span.EmailStyle22 {mso-style-type:personal; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; color:#1F497D;} span.EmailStyle23 {mso-style-type:personal-reply; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; color:#1F497D;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; font-size:10.0pt;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} –>

Blech. What a disaster. Plain text, plain text, plain text. Thank you.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. mikem permalink
    October 20, 2011 12:47 pm

    Most html marketing emails I get look like the email equivalent of a geocities page.

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