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Subject: Re: Top-Posting, Vis-a-Vis Last Night's Fuss

Re: Top-Posting, Vis-a-Vis Last Night's Fuss

From: Mike Miller <>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 09:50:11 +0300

On 8/27/07, Daniel Dalton <> wrote:
> Paul Louden wrote:
> > I'll admit, top-posting is probably much easier for a blind user. It's
> > in fact much easier for *anyone* to write, but it's far harder for most
> > people, I imagine including blind people, to read.
> >
> >
> I am blind myself and I hardly top-post in any email.

Top posting can be easier to read _if_ you know the entire context;
for example, if you have the previous mails open or memorized. It's
much harder to read if it's viewed independantly, for example, on a
web archive.

I assume that the reason it's easier for the blind is that waiting for
the screen reader to go through the entire quoted messages takes quite
a while. Are there screen readers that are intelligent enough to
identify quoted text and skip it automatically (or allow the user to
skip it)? For comparison, gmail can do that (although the header of
the replied-to message is not hidden by default)

-- Mike
Received on 2007-08-27

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