VSpike writes: "The Austinist reports on a classic misunderstanding reminiscent of the City of Tuttle vs. CentOS. A teacher sees a student showing off his HeliOS system and confiscates all the disks. She reprimands the student for distributing illegal software and then fires off a threatening email to the person who provided the software to the student, stating "No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful.""
VSpike writes: "The company for which I work has mandated for marketing & presentation reasons that all email should be in a Futura Book 10pt font with a standard signature including a company logo. This effectively mandates the use of Outlook within the company, even though we do not have exchange server, because no other email client can actually do this. But, there is a deeper problem here related to the Microsoft-centric view of business software. I can see the basic intention (consistent presentation across all media) but most people will not see the desired font because most people do not have Futura Book installed. Furthermore, only Outlook is vaguely guaranteed to render this in the way intended. I use Thunderbird, and mostly see plaintext messages with winmail.dat attachments. Even if the Outlook users switch on HTML format, older versions of Outlook and many other HTML-capable clients will render the bletcherous HTML that Outlook generates differently.
I'm not totally opposed to HTML email and I'm not religious about top posting vs. bottom posting and other old favourites, but this well-intentioned but misguided practice will only have the desired effect with people using a recent version of Outlook, and could shut out anyone who is not. I couldn't find good statistics on this, but one estimate is that even in the world of business 20 to 30% of people don't use Outlook. I argue that HTML should be used where required only, and should be limited to simple constructs like emphasis, italics, bulleted lists, fixed vs. proportional fonts and so on.
How can I educate my CEO and colleagues about this? Has anyone had any success doing this, or is it a fight that was already lost some time ago?"