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Formatting Super-Digests/Newsletters


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0108  Monday, 6 June 2011

From:         Hardy M. Cook < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:          June 6, 2011
Subject:      Formatting Super-Digests/Newsletters


>[Editor’s Note: As requested, I have been experimenting with different formats
>for the one super digest that I will be distributing per day. I am interested in
>what subscribers prefer. This format or one in which only the SUBJECT line is
>included? –Hardy]

At the conclusion of the super-digest/newsletter I sent out on Saturday, I included an Editor Note requesting subscribers’ preferences for the formatting of these mailings. In that newsletter, I included a detailed header with the From, Date, and subject lines of each individual digest/article contained in that mailing. Today, I will use simply the Subject lines in the header for comparison.

I also received the following from Abigail Quart" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >:

>I guess everybody else likes this tidy, endless scrolldown, easy-to-lose single
>email but I hate it. I get dizzy before the end.
>
>I'm getting to dread seeing it and I was so happy when the SHAKSPER posts
>started coming again.
>
>Weren't the margins MUCH narrower before? The new format is physical misery
>for me.

[Editor’s Note: As requested, I have been experimenting with different formats for the one super digest that I will be distributing per day. I am interested in what subscribers prefer. This format or one in which only the SUBJECT line is included? –Hardy]

>I guess everybody else likes this tidy, endless scrolldown, easy-to-lose single email but I hate it. I get dizzy before the end.
>
>I'm getting to dread seeing it and I was so happy when the Shaksper posts started coming again.
>
>Weren't the margins MUCH narrower before? The new format is physical misery for me.

I am sorry that you dislike the new format so. I wasn't aware of the limitations I would have with the new platform, and there are so many benefits, especially on the web site.

You may consider reading the posting on the web site. They are, in fact, entered in the archive as individual articles, but I am limited by the number of mailings I can send within certain periods. If you reading them at the current postings tab, you will see them as they appear in the super-digest but in reverse order. However, you can go to the Archive tab, click on the year and the month and see a listing of the individual postings. You can click on them and read them individually. I may be able to set up an RSS fed for those who would prefer to read them in this manner.

I am limited at the hosting site to send something like 40 e-mails every 15 minutes and then after the entire list is send there is a waiting before the next batch. Saturday, there were four posts send to 1068 subscribers, which means that it takes over 6 and a half hours to send one digest. If the four were sent individually it would take close to 27 hours for all of them to be mailed.

As for the margins, for the listserv software I limited the character length to 78, I believe. With the new Joomla apps the word wrap is set for 150. This is because Joomla is primarily a web-based application, so the word wrap is set to wrap within any Internet browser. Depending on the e-mail reader you use, one can usually set, I believe, the parameters for how text is displayed.

Hardy

PS: Please keep any comments or observations coming, I am genuinely interested in subscribers’ opinions.


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