They are, IMHO, really poor points and a very bad analogy.
Word Perfect was a proprietary binary format that could not be read at all without their software.
HTML is a plain text format that is interpreted (that's in italics) by MUAs and browsers and so forth. You can open any HTML document in any plain text reader (vi, notepad, whatever) and read the text. It might be a trifle harder to read <i>interpreted</i>, but the text is there and fully available to the same applications that read plain text files.
Glenn "The M is for Markup" Glazer
On 2/18/2020 09:26, Patricia Kennedy Max wrote:
Good points, Barry.
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Text is the KISS method for long term information retention.
On 02/18/2020 08:19 AM, Barry Porter KB1PA wrote:
Its also a matter of desiring to keep messages for a long term record,
or transferability (if needed). HTML is constantly improving. in 5 or 10
years you might not be able to read a message in today’s HTML. Text is
the lowest common denominator. It has been and will be readable in the future.
Many forget the gold standard not to long ago was Word Perfect. Can’t read those
documents anymore. If those documents were in plain text they could be accessed.
That's the main reason plain text is preferable. you can then take the
base plain text, and format it to your heart's content.