Outlook Express and COM

Anthony Baxter anthony at interlink.com.au
Wed Jan 22 01:31:49 CET 2003

>>> "John E. Barham" wrote
> I'm developing a server-side Bayesian spam-filtering system and would like
> to pre-train the filter using my potential users' existing mailboxes, many
> of whom will be using Outlook Express (i.e., switching to a Unix MUA is not
> an option...).  I'd like to scan through their address books to build a
> white-list and through their emails to build a dictionary of "ham" tokens.
> Does OE provide COM interfaces to do this?  It would be especially nice if
> it provided a pre-parsed interface to emails so that I could avoid parsing
> raw RFC 822 messages or messing w/ DBX mailboxes.

The spambayes project (http://www.spambayes.com/) has an Outlook2000
plugin that does just this. Unfortunately it doesn't work for Outlook
Express - I _think_ Mark Hammond commented that OE didn't expose the
necessary hooks. Check the spambayes archives for more.

Anthony Baxter     <anthony at interlink.com.au>   
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