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Which would you suggest, sending emails as plain text or in the RTF format?

To make sure things don't get all windy, reasoning about the following topics preferred (no particular order):

  • aesthetics
  • compatibility
  • etiquette
  • any other additional benefits
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closed as off topic by Tom Wijsman, Rory Alsop, Jeanne Boyarsky Nov 23 '11 at 2:11

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definitely offtopic, but for what it's worth: definitely plain text. I really don't like or need any of the extras - just text and attachments if necessary :-) – Rory Alsop Nov 21 '11 at 0:44
I'd like to argue that this question does talk of personal productivity. Which is the most productive way of sending emails, HTML or plain text? should my question be altered to that, or should i just let this one go? – Kaushik Gopal Nov 26 '11 at 12:18
FWIW, there's now an etiquette proposal on Area51. – starsplusplus May 1 '14 at 11:59

Why off-topic? The answer is a matter of opinion, and I agree - plain text is the way to go.

BTW I'm sure the OP means HTML rather than RTF, the latter would be even more of an insult.

Exceptions would be situations where you specifically knew the receiver was happy to receive HTML formatted email. Note in the sentence above I used two asterisks for emphasis, if you see this as bold it's because whatever "markdown" format this site's software uses automagically transformed it.

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