Although we strongly recommended that people choose to receive
messages individually and not as a daily digest, many people are
still choosing the digest form. That's OK with the obsolete list
software at JewishGen, which supports only plain-text messages,
but it causes problems with modern list software.
A new problem with digest messages has appeared. The list
software allows the digest messages to be sent either in
plain-text or in MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions)
format. If the plain-text format is selected, messages like this
one, which has HTML (HyperText Markup Language) formatting (such
as the headers, the numbered list, and the embedded image below),
have the HTML stripped out.
Since the list manager supports the modern HTML message format,
I set the default digest format to MIME, which allows HTML
messages to be assembled into an HTML digest. That works just fine
for my Thunderbird mail reader.
Unfortunately, it turns out that there is a defect in the Outlook
mail reader that prevents it from properly recognizing the HTML
digests. Instead, it displays the HTML codes as text rather than
using them to format the message.
What To Do
To solve the problem, you can do either of the following:
- Change your setting to the recommended non-digest mode. You
will then receive fully formatted messages.
- Leave digest mode on but choose "Plain Text" instead of "MIME"
as the format. However, HTML messages will not be properly
included in the digests.
To edit your subscription settings, use the link at the end of
each message. You'll get a menu that includes the items shown
You can also write to me, and I can make the changes for you.