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Email churns out bad HTML

In my last note on how it’s better to use the web rather than email as means of distributing and editing your content, I cited producing good quality HTML as one reason.

Emails are notoriously awful when it comes to generating semantic content. Here’s what the Hey! World service produces. No <p>s:

Screenshot of the code produced by Hey World with lots of br tags.

Note: Hey World is very much an experiment at the mo, and I guess it’ll be possible to generate ‘proper’ HTML if it develops.

Also, what happens when I want to include an image in my post, or anything beyond very simple text?

I have to say, I do like the idea of a really simple, stripped down publication system, but I don’t see why that couldn’t be done on the web (and it in fact it has been – we’ve had services like in the past).