Email Format and Style Enhancements
Netscape Communicator 4 and Eudora Pro 3

One of the newest and potentially most useful wrinkles in email is the ability to enhance text with tables, columns, and other fancy formatting; with colors; with different fonts; and other nifty things.

Unfortunately, we have to be careful about using these text enhancements because the various email programs don't agree on how to communicate formats and styles. Thus a message that looks really good in one email program may be less than satisfactory when read in another. The problem is more complicated when a message is addressed to several recipients, and it may be best to use no enhancements at all.

The only way to be sure of how your message will look to its recipient is to ask that recipient.  Or first send a brief test message that contains the enhancements you want to use and ask the recipient to tell you which of them he or she sees.  I keep a test message in my "Sent" folder and just send a copy of it when I need to.

Fortunately, however, it's possible to predict how certain email programs will interact.  For example, at this writing, the two popular email programs that have useful formatting and styling abilities are Netscape Communicator 4 and Eudora Pro 3.  They can each recognize some of the other's effects, but definitely not all of them.   Here's a comparison of their email enhancement capabilities:

Below are lists of  how Netscape's email text enhancements look in Eudora and how Eudora's look in Netscape.  Remember that many other email programs will display NO enhancements at all.  Blank cells in the right column indicate that Eudora is unable to originate those effects.
Email Formats and Styles

Sent from Netscape Communicator 4
Viewed in Eudora Pro 3 or Eudora Lite 3
Sent from Eudora Pro 3
Viewed in Netscape 3 or Communicator 4
Features that Work in Both
tab    tab    tab.    Tabs work in almost every email program, but they  may be converted to spaces, so columns formatted with tabs in Netscape may not look as you expect in other programs. tab    tab    tab.    Tabs work in almost every email program, but they  may be converted to spaces, so columns formatted with tabs in Eudora may not look as you expect in other programs.
bold bold
italic italic
underline underline
aligned left 
aligned right
aligned left 
aligned right
Fonts.  Fonts specified in Netscape are okay in Eudora. Fonts.  Fonts specified in Eudora are okay in Netscape.
Text Sizes.  Netscape's sizes look okay in Eudora, except for the 8 point size, which in Eudora looks the same as 10 point.. Text Sizes.  Eudora's sizes boil down to normal, smaller, and larger when viewed in Netscape.  All of Eudora's larger sizes look the same as one step larger than the normal (default) size.
Features that  DO NOT  Work in Both
Text colors colors colors.  Netscape's colors display properly in Eudora. WATCH OUT!  Eudora's colored text is black in Netscape.  Eudora's colors work only when viewed in Eudora Pro 3 or Eudora Lite 3.
Indentations.  Netscape's Increase Indentation and Decrease Indentation don't work in Eudora, but will look right when viewed in a web browser or in an email program that recognizes HTML commands. NONE of Eudora's indentations work in Netscape or any other email program I've tried (except for Eudora, of course).
Graphic images.  Images located within the body of a Netscape message are not displayed by Eudora, but instead are supplied as links to attachments and are placed at the end of the message.
Horizontal line 

All sizes look fine in Netscape and browsers, but Eudora displays them all this way:  ----------

Background and normal font colors.  Eudora does not display background colors or normal font colors.
Tables.  Netscape's email tables resemble this one, but are reduced to plain text in Eudora, with the contents of each cell on a separate line, and no background colors.
Bullet Lists.  These look okay in Eudora, except that the bullets are replaced with asterisks. 
Numbered Lists.  These look exactly like bullet lists in Eudora.
Headings.  Netscape's headings look okay in Eudora, although they are spaced farther apart than in normal HTML viewers.
SMALL CAPS look all right in Eudora.
Hot link to a web page works correctly in Eudora.
Strikethrough doesn't work in Eudora.
Superscript doesn't work in Eudora
Subscript doesn't work in Eudora.
Blinking doesn't work in Eudora


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