Netiquette, by Virginia Shea, page 61
What to do?
- Forget about boldface, italics, tabs, and font changes. Never use
any effect you couldn't get on an old-fashioned typewriter. In fact,
you can't even use all of those. Underlining won't work, for example. Nor can you use the old "required backspace" trick to put a
diacritical mark (a tilde or an accent mark, for example) over
- Most systems won't read the diacritical marks anyway, so just
leave them out. If you feel an accent mark is absolutely necessary,
type an apostrophe
after the letter the accent would have gone
- Use only ASCII characters. This includes all 26 letters of the
alphabet (upper and lower case), the numerals 0 through 9, and
most commonly used punctuation marks. For any publishing
mavens out there, however, it excludes em dashes (" -- "), en
dashes ("-"), and bullets.
- Limit your line length to 80 characters, or better yet,
Otherwise, your lines may break in weird places and
will have to wade through notes that look like this.
it gets annoying after a very short while.