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Re: Forwarding emails with HTML parts

From:Richard Porter Date:20 Apr 2018 20:24
In Reply To: Forwarding emails with HTML parts (Richard Mellish)
Replies: Re: Forwarding emails with HTML parts (Adrian Crafer)

On 20 Apr 2018 Richard Mellish  wrote:

> Incoming emails nowadays very often consist of both plain text and
> HTML, or just HTML. Messenger Pro copes perfectly well displaying
> them, offering the HTML as a pseudo attachment and converting it to
> plain text if there is no plain text part.

It will always convert an html part if it's present and if you select 
it. If there's no plain part it displays the converted html part.

> But there's a problem if one needs to forward such an email to someone
> else (as I often do). The HTML becomes an actual attachment called
> "untitled" -- not even "untitled.html". One of my contacts was
> understandably reluctant to open such an attachment.

> The simplest solution is to remove the attachment before sending, but
> that means that recipients who are accustomed to seeing HTML in all
> its glory miss that.

That's tough. There are plenty of plain text messages on the net.
I assume that the html part doesn't get updated in line with the plain 
text. You can forward a message from the converted html part.

> How does anyone else deal with this?

If I remember I delete the html part and any unwanted images.

The worst messages contain a null text/plain part or a default 
text/plain part that doesn't reflect the text/html part. Sometimes 
there is a text/plain part but it is unformatted or it's much worse 
than if Messenger had converted it. Some mailers create a text/plain 
part by stripping out html tags but leaving all the style content and 
escaped characters.

There is a problem with Messenger when it comes to converting escaped 
characters. I had a message today which contained — in the 
text/plain part but the converted text/html part failed to display the 

Richard Porter            
t: @westernexplorer                 mailto:ricp@...
I don't want a "user experience" - I just want stuff that works.

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