Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 15:05:57 -0500 From: Elizabeth McCoy > > Microsoft emailers and browser/emailers are particularly > prone to sending stuff in MIME or HTML. There are at least > _two_ preference toggles you have to turn off to get plain > text. It's actually a little easier than that, with Outlook Express at least. In the Options window, there's an option to reply to messages in the format that they were sent in, which takes care of it, IF you are replying to a plain text message. If you're replying to a message in HTML or posting one that is not a reply, just click Format, and choose Plain Text. It's what I do, to make sure I don't violate the spirit of the list (or since this is about IN, would that be "the celestial of the list" instead?)
From: "Yeager, Alex"
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 16:49:02 -0400 FYI - it now appears that our server/firewall setup is charitably attaching the HTML commands after leaving my machine. It might be worth a mention in the "don't post if..." instructions (with the caveat that it's still a Bad Thing To Post...) As/if I get more info, I'll pass it along. Alex Yeager
AOL 6.0 (Special thanks to Steve Manes for the original post, and to Beth McCoy for forwarding it.) When communicating with Internet recipients who are not using an email program capable of selecting which MIME section to view, an AOL 6.0 user can turn off the HTML using the following steps: Change your global email preferences (only needs to be done once): Go to Keyword: Preferences (or choose Preferences from the Settings menu on the AOL 6.0 toolbar). Click on Font, Text, & Graphics Preferences. Click on the Reset button at the bottom of the resulting window. Do not make any changes in the Font Preferences area of the window. Click on the Save button. Change a specific email to plain text (must be done for every email): Compose and address the email as desired. Choose Select All from the Edit menu to highlight the entire message. With the mouse arrow somewhere over the highlighted text, click the Right mouse button, revealing a contextual menu (AKA Right-Click). Choose Normal from the Text menu. Taking care not to make any further changes to the message, send it. Note that changing the text to normal will eliminate the "blue bar" quoted text indicator, but will not remove some HTML elements of the quoted text. The entire quoted section must be deleted (or simply not quoted in the first place), followed by the re-entry of the text quoted manually, prior to changing the text to normal. Changing the text to normal will also eliminate any styled text that would have been seen by AOL recipients of the message, which cannot be re-added. Testing also suggests that messages with hyperlinks cannot be converted to normal text, requiring the prior removal of the link. (A caveat from Beth: This Doesn't Always Work. Use this method at your own risk.)