When Good Text Goes Bad

Example 1:
This text was created and formatted in Word, copied into Outlook Express and opened in AOL's email reader. Note that the message appears twice; in plain text first, followed by formatted text. In addition, text from the subject line appears in HTML above the formatted version of the text.

Internet Activism Basics
This message was created in Word and pasted into Outlook Express. Formatting
was retained by centered title was not.
It1s always better to create email messages in your email browser. If you
create your message in Word, you1ll have some problems, such as:
… Strange characters where you typed an apostrophe
… Weird symbols instead of bullet points
… Garbled text
… Lost formatting
It1s also better to avoid bold text, italic text, bigger-than-normal text,
or smaller-than-normal text.

<HEAD>
<TITLE>Text from Outlook (formatted)</TITLE>
</HEAD>

Internet Activism Basics

This message was created in Word and pasted into Outlook Express. Formatting was retained by centered title was not.
It1s always better to create email messages in your email browser. If you create your message in Word, you1ll have some problems, such as:
… Strange characters where you typed an apostrophe
… Weird symbols instead of bullet points
… Garbled text
… Lost formatting
It1s also better to avoid bold text, italic text, bigger-than-normal text, or smaller-than-normal text.


Example 2:
This text was created and formatted in Word, copied into Eudora Pro and opened in AOL's email reader. Note that the message appears three times; in plain text, in formatted text, and in an unreadable characters. In addition, text from the subject line appears in HTML above the formatted version of the text.

Internet Activism Basics
This message was created in Word and pasted into Eudora. Formatting
was retained centered title was lost.
It's always better to create email messages in your email browser. If
you create your message in Word, you'll have some problems, such as:
… Strange characters where you typed an apostrophe
… Weird symbols instead of bullet points
… Garbled text
… Lost formatting
It's also better to avoid bold text, italic text, bigger-than-normal
text, or smaller-than-normal text.


Example 3:
This text was created and formatted in Word, copied into AOL's email application and opened in Worldnet's web-based email reader. Note that the formatting is lost and strange characters have replaced the apostrophes and bullets.


Here's what the message looked like as created and formatted in Word:

Internet Activism Basics

It’s always better to create email messages in your email browser. If you create your message in Word, you’ll have some problems, such as:

It’s also better to avoid bold text, italic text, bigger-than-normal text, or smaller-than-normal text.