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TL;DR Use HTML features (and dates).

Yes, it's 2019 and I'm still in favour of plaintext emails. Sorry.

Me too. This is exactly the area where something like Markdown should have flourished.

At worst it looks like plain text with a few _ and * characters sprinkled around, it has beautiful clean HTML output and some terminals support italic and bold fonts; win/win/win.

Pity that boat has long since sailed.

Adding links and plaintext emails are not mutually exclusive. Hackernews comments are a great example where commenters often embed a [1] tag in their comment and at the end of the comment have a section like

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com

None of the HTML features the author uses lack a plaintext equivalent.

I disagree. We've been doing this for decades on mailinglists

# example heading

You can add emphasis with asterisk or _underscores_. Links can be done with [1] tags

And as an alternative, nothing stops you from using Markdown syntax in plaintext emails for adding structure like (nested) bullet lists.

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com

I think you misread the comment you're responding to, and are therefore agreeing.

Actually, I wonder why the author decided to use a monospace font for his examples. I mean, isn't it one of the less disputable facts, that monospace fonts are harder to read?

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