Re: Question about MIME and HTML Email

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 08:37:13 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-ID: <Pine.SO4.4.05.9810150807220.10189-100000_at_wcsw062>

On Wed, 14 Oct 1998, Ken Clark wrote:

> Hi. I just install Hypermail and it seems to be working great. I have
> one question. Much of the mail sent to our mailing lists are generated
> using Netscape and MS Outlook and have rich text. Is there any way these
> messages can be displayed on the web page with the same fonts and format
> as the original message?

If you write a HTML mail in Netscape etc, the mailer sends a mail with both the plain text and the html version of the mail (this is what in MIME language is called multipart/alternative). It is then up to the receiver to interpret the mail and show the prefered part.

Hypermail is capable of showing any of these parts (although that particular source is #ifdef'ed away in the b3). The problem is how to deal with HTML documents. They can't just be included but needs to be carefully checked, as has just recently been discussed.

We need to take a better look at how HTML files can mess up and how we should to do detect HTML files better and prevent them to mess up. Including HTML files in the output is such a cool feature I really would like it to work...

Can we trust multipart-html more than attached html?

   Daniel Stenberg     0708-317742
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