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Re: Forwarding HTML emails

From:Richard Porter Date:31 Jul 2021 21:28
In Reply To: Forwarding HTML emails (Richard Mellish)
Replies: Re: Forwarding HTML emails (Richard Mellish)

On 31 Jul 2021 Richard Mellish  wrote:

> Those of us who still prefer plain text emails are nowadays in a minority,
> with the world and his wife using HTML by default.

> MPro usually copes adequately with HTML-only emails, showing an
> approximation as text plus a pseudo-attachment of the HTML which you can
> view in a browser. But it gets messy when you need to forward one to other
> people. One option is to forward only the plain text, but any features of
> the HTML such as coloured or bold text, which might be significant, are
> lost and there are often spurious characters resulting from passage
> between OSs and incomplete handling of Unicode. Another option is to
> forward the whole thing, but the recipients then see an attachment called
> Email.htm, which some are suspicious of.

> How do others on here deal with it?

I normally just send the plain text part and delete the html part if 
present. Some of the html is horrendous, often two orders of magnitude 
larger than plain text. If we banned html messages excepting attached html 
files the internet would be a great deal faster.

Many email clients and webmail systems make a complete mess of generating 
plain text. I get a newsletter from the local council in which the text 
part is a solid block with no paragraph separation at all. Some mailers 
just send a cop-out text part - blank or just a link to a web site.

Worst of all are those that put html (usually an incomplete page) in the 
text/plain part. If necessary I go to the html part and let Messenger Pro 
do a much better job of converting it to plain text. It still leaves in 
some escaped characters, zero width non-joiners, etc.

Richard Porter            
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