Tips for editors
Here are tips for persons that post messages.
This list favour full text articles. This enables the subscribers to read the article in their preferred font in their email reader – some people with ME have troubles to adapt to different fonts or pages with visually disturbing elements. It is convenient to navigate through the email posts without leaving the email reader. Having the text in the email archive allows persons searching the archive to find relevant information when making a search – on for example “Tcell cognitive dysfunction”.
Links may change over time, therefore it is a good practice to have the full text documented in a post. Information on the internet may disappear, but if it is included in a CureME message, then it is archived.
Remove hidden formatting
Many times one would like to remove hidden formatting from the text (HTML tags) when copying text from another source. Here some alternative ways to accomplich this are described.
If you have some text and want to remove the formatting you can paste the text into a text editor that does not support html or rich text such as for example Microsoft Windows' Notepad or the exellent free to download Notepad++ for Windows.
Many programs have “paste without formatting”. In Mozilla Thunderbird this is achieved by Ctrl+Shift+V or via the menu: “Edit → Paste Without Formatting”.
In Mozilla Thunderbird, one gets the source of the message if one clicks on Ctrl+U when the message is opened or selected. For a message that you are editing you first have to save the message as a draft, then select it in the draft folder and then click on Ctrl+U or go via the menu “View → Message source”.
Use of HTML will more than double the storage space for the message, but if not careful the size can easily more than fivefold. The message might not look as intended once archived if complicated HTML has been used. Some recipients read the plain text version of the message, and if complicated HTML has been used, the plain text version might be highly degraded.
Microsoft Word produces some redundant ugly badly structured HTML code, that blows up the file size immensely. Especially tables are blown up in size.
You are encouraged to use the CureME editor for preparation of posts which is a tailored “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) html editor for preparing posts. The tool for example help you to automatically remove most unwanted format tags and attributes, so you can paste a message from another source into the editor, and it will be cleaned up to fit for sending as email.