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Why plain text email messages are best on today’s Internet


“Plain text email” means that only words are transmitted to the recipient, without any formatting information.

There can be no pictures, graphics, colors, different sized letters, or different types of fonts in a plain text email.

Plain text allows your subscribers to control the format of the email in their email readers, using the size and font that best suits their eyesight.

You can put web page addresses (URLs like in plain text messages and these links will be clickable, allowing the recipient to immediately jump to the specified web page.

You can also put email addresses (like in plain text messages, which, when clicked, open a draft email message with the “To” line already filled in.

Plain text email is easy to compose, easy to send, easy to receive. You don’t have to waste your time trying to format an email for a zillion different incompatible email readers.

Your subscribers can read your email even on their cell phones or PDAs, even if they have visual disabilities or need to use a text-to-speech converter.

Plain text emails have never, ever contained a virus, or tracked if or when an email message was opened, or caused any security problems. This means your subscribers can trust you.

Plain text emails are much more likely to get through all the spam filters on the Internet than HTML emails, which means they are much more likely to be read by your subscribers.

If you do have pictures, graphics, or precisely formatted information to share, the proper procedure is to put this information on a web page, either as the web page itself or as a downloadable link.

Then send a plain text email to your subscribers inviting them to visit this web page. With one click of the mouse, your subscribers can immediately jump to your web site. Providing this sort of link helps insure that the attachment does not trigger spam filters.

All mailing lists at are set up to deliver plain text messages, even when a HTML message is sent. Our system will automatically convert any HTML message to plain text before delivery.

Here at, we are dedicated to helping people communicate via Internet email. If you have valuable ideas and information you want to convey, plain text emails are best on today’s Internet.

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