RFC - e-mail in tough environments
prlewis at fsfe.org
Thu Dec 10 13:15:24 UTC 2009
On Wednesday 09 Dec 2009 19:05:02 Matthias Kirschner wrote:
> Would you go to a job interview in your sweatpants? Would you sent
> your CV with handwritten corrections? If you answer those questions
> with no, you might also want to write professional e-mails. The Free
> Software community is a tough environment when it comes to e-mail
> usage. This short guide tries to help you that the community
> perceive you as a professional communicator.
I think that this is a great idea and agree with (almost all of) your points.
> - *Line break of e-mails* Should be around 72 characters. Nobody
> will kill you if it is 70 or 74 or even 76. But a lot of people
> will get angry if you do not have a line break at all.
Can I ask what the reason behind this is?
I really don't like static word wrapping, as much as I don't like static width web pages. I read emails on a variety of devices and window sizes, and the presumption that ~72 characters is appropriate for wherever I'm reading it seems rather arbitrary.
A good client should have dynamic word wrapping IMO.
More information about the Discussion