"ASCII jail": 90% of network communications are still limited to plain old ASCII text -- that is,
the characters of the alphabet, the numerals 0 through 9, and the most
basic punctuation marks. It's bad enough that multimedia communications have not been implemented in most of cyberspace. Most of the
time you can't even put a word in bold or italics!
Because people cannot see or hear you in cyberspace, you need to pay
close attention to the style of your electronic communications if you
hope to make a good impression there. The
style of electronic communications encompasses everything about your correspondence except
its content, from your use of network conventions like "smileys" and
"sigs" to the number of characters per line in your email messages.
Style considerations are influenced by several of the rules of Netiquette, especially
Rule 4, Respect other people's time, and
Make yourself look good online. It doesn't matter how brilliant your
messages are if they're formatted in such a way that no one can read
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