One of the primary reasons email sucks is the allowance of "text/html" with no text/plain part, or worse, something like "Turn on HTML" as the text/plain part.

I display my email as plaintext for a few good reasons: first, because software is generally shit, they reuse a web browser component which was never intended to be used with email. Result: you suddenly run javascript, load remote images, etc. Pretty much anything email should NOT be doing.

Next, people tend to make poor choices when given the chance to decorate text. While I can't kill CAPS LOCK or loads of exclamation points, I can squelch the heavy use of Comic Sans 36.

But it's mostly because I shouldn't read email in my web browser (and neither should javascript, flash, sites copying my email with XHR) that I demand a mail client that only displays text.

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