What’s the Difference Between “Plain Text” and “HTML” Email?

I tried posting to a moderated email discussion group I’m on, but my post was rejected because the moderator said it was “html”. They wanted me to switch to “plain text”. What are they talking about, and how do I do it? 

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It’s the way web pages such as this one are encoded to handle things like bolditalics and even color text red.

Plain text is, well, it’s plain.

There are reasons and times you might want to use both. Switching isn’t hard, if you know where to look.

Of course, where you look depends on how you send your email.

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Why Doesn’t My Email Format Properly in Outlook?


One of the staff here is having an Outlook 2003 problem. It seems that when she sends email, it changes the font to show a strikethrough. Twice I have tried to correct this and here is what happened.

1. When she composed, it showed strikethroughs on her side, and that was it.

2. Now, when she composes, there are no strikethroughs, but when people reply their text has strikethroughs in it.

3. I am out of ideas and thinking of reinstalling Office 2003.

I have gone into her settings and did all the common stuff, but still can’t get it to behave.

I feel your pain. It’s a problem I commonly experience when replying to other people’s mail. All of a sudden, what I type doesn’t appear in the style I want it to, and for the life of me, I can’t whack it into shape. At least not without a lot of work.

I think I understand why it happens, and I definitely have some suggestions.

Two suggestions, actually.

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