Regression: Emoticons don't work
The new message view broke emoticons.
OK, colored text is terrible.
Go with google style colored text emoticons for now. Flash 10 (Astra) apparently will have the capabilities we need to do this right.
Adding a note here so I don't forget what the situation is:
Flex's htmlText support is broken, in that images insert an implicit newline or something, and end up looking terrible. See http://algorizms.blogspot.com/2007/09/what-flex-needs-proper-html-component.html for 3 possible alternatives (all terrible). A 4th is hacking up our own text widget (also terrible).