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HTML vs. Plain Text

Friday, September 29th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms

HTML vs. Plain Text

Ever since I mentioned these two terms in a tip last week, I’ve come to the conclusion that some of you aren’t sure what the difference is between them. How do they differ? How do they effect your computing life and why am I even going over this? Well, keep reading and I do believe you will see!

Basically, the differences between HTML and plain text affects you when you’re working with your e-mail (unless you do a lot with Web pages). The settings you have chosen in your e-mail will determine how you see your e-mail. If you have the plain text choice selected, you won’t see anything but text, but if you have HTML enabled, you’ll see pictures and any other fun things that may be in the e-mail.

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language and it is the dominant language for Web pages. It helps you to see different headings, paragraphs, lists, embedded images, interactive forms, etc. It’s like a script code that may look confusing to you, but when you have it all in regular view, you can see everything you need to see. On the other hand, plain text is just text and it’s completely unformatted with no fancy work. So, as you can see, it’s a lot about personal preference as well.

If you think you have plain text selected in your e-mail program and you want HTML, just go through your settings (usually under the Tools, Options or Settings menus) and change them around. You can bring a whole new life to your e-mails in no time!

~ Erin

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