14. January 2007 17:25
You might find it hard to believe, but I've just found a good, intelligent comment on Slashdot. Struck a nerve, and made me smile. Computer-y type people do have a tendency to get religious about things, and bear grudges, and sometimes it's hard to admit it when we're wrong.
Now let's imagine email had never been invented, and we just came up with the idea. How would we design an email system? I think we'd think it obvious that we have to make it at least as capable as regular mail, and would probably come up with an HTML body plus attachments as the format (for portability, as opposed to word processor formats). I think there is zero chance we'd say "wait a minute...we'd better make this plain text only, because 25 years ago, many computers did not have graphical displays".
Common sense is a wonderful design tool.
Source: New Outlook Won't Use IE To Render HTML