The site for the Text E-mail Newsletter Standard is a well-intentioned and intelligent attempt to develop some standards for plain-text e-mail newsletters. It only falls down because the accessibility-conscious design strategy they’ve taken doesn’t seem to be actually very easy for the non-visually impaired to read. I’d be really interested in the opinions of the b3ta and popbitch crews on this subject – they’ve made readable plain-text e-mails an artform (although screen-reading the ascii logos must be excruciating). cf. Stef’s comments on screen-reader browsers.