Quoting on the Internet

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Example mail and reply email:

Hi.

Herbert said that I should not paint again because I could hurt my wrists.

What do you think?



Alice
Email
Hi Alice,

Herbert is on vacation and has no medical skills anyway.

I suggest to ignore him and to listen to your doctor instead.



Brad
Reply

Reply email with standard quoting:

On 22.08.2013 13:33, Alice wrote:

> Herbert said that I should not paint again because I could hurt my wrists.

Hi Alice,

Herbert is on vacation and has no medical skills anyway.

I suggest to ignore him and to listen to your doctor instead.



Brad
Reply

Note 1:

The quoted parts are prefixed with “> “, which is commonly recognized by standard email clients. An additional quotation level adds yet another “> " prefix.

Note 2:

Modern email clients properly quote the texts from previous replies automatically.

Note 3:

Common email clients typically use these prefixes to display the quoted parts in a different way to make it easier to tell them apart from the actual reply text. For example:

Note 4:

Any information not addressed by the reply, and any information that is not important for the reply has been removed. Optionally replace removed texts with {{[..]}} (to indicate that there was some more text previously).