Jargons of Info Tech industry

Mike Meyer mwm at mired.org
Sun Oct 9 05:08:04 CEST 2005

Paul Rubin <http://phr.cx@NOSPAM.invalid> writes:
> I read mail over an ssh connection to a Unix shell.  I have no easy
> way to read html email with a graphics browser.

You don't need a grahics browser - you just need a browser. I read
mail in emacs, and use emacs-w3m to view html in the mailer. Works for
most things, and doesn't have the nasty side effect of letting the
sender know I read it by fetching images from their web site.

> I occasionally get html email that I want to read.  I save it in a
> file and read it with lynx, which so far works perfectly well.  I
> find html email to be a PITA and as someone else said, html in email
> is an almost sure sign that it's a message that I want to trash
> without reading it.

Unfortunately, I've found that HTML email comes in two flavors: That
which sets content-type to text/html in the headers, and that which
sets it to some form of multipart in the headers. I used to bounce all
mail of either form. Then I discovered that the AOL client - used by
my relatives - could *not* be set to not send HTML email. At least it
sends text/plain as well. On investigation, most legit email does
sends multipart/mixed, so I only reject mail whose sole content is

Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org>			http://www.mired.org/home/mwm/
Independent WWW/Perforce/FreeBSD/Unix consultant, email for more information.

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