Mozilla is not synonymous with Thunderbird. In fact, the mozilla
engine is part and parcel of Apple's Mail and Netscape (at least the
early versions. I've lost track now.) However, the problem you
outline has nothing whatsoever to do with the application that is
For the last 36 years I've been in the computer industry, most
recently as CEO of a computer software company. It's possible I am
in error on this, but I doubt it.
There are three ways to transmit email: plain text, rtf (Rich Text
Format) and html. For all intents and purposes, rtf and html operate
the same way. They imbed commands in the body of the text that
alters the way they are seen at their destination. Any manipulation
on the readers end is simply OVERRIDING a command made on the writers
end. If no command is made on the writer's end, the established
default (usually configurable in the preferences) of the reader is
used. That Mel has a font size that crosses the eyes of most of the
readers is due to imbedding font information. If Mel is not a
computer geek he probably isn't even aware of how he does it. I
suggest he simply gets hold of a geek familiar with his particular
system and mail client and ask them to make his email plain text. I
hope we haven't run him off.
Also, there is no such thing as "standard" email. Standardization
can't even be agreed upon in html and html was proprietary up until
about 10 years ago, I doubt we'll get any on email (something that
has never been proprietary) in the near future.
S.R. Sackinger, CEO
42 Software LLC
On Oct 8, 2006, at 5:34 AM, Martin Burns wrote:
> On 8 Oct 2006, at 11:54, Jim Mcavoy wrote:
>> This is similar to the woes on one of the other forums a couple of
>> years ago. At that time the recommendation was to down load
>> Mozilla an let that deal with the variables ....worked for me!
> Much as thunderbird is a fine mail client (and miles better than
> *some* I could mention), the idea of every list member having to
> change their mail client (incidentally, I use about 3 different
> ones depending on where I'm accessing mail from) to cope with one
> member's ego isn't a tempting prospect.
> It's very simple: don't specify fonts in email.
If it were done when t'is done,
T'were well done quickly.