[kde-linux] kmail - turn off html?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Thu Dec 31 15:58:21 UTC 2009

On Thursday 31 December 2009 15:28:04 JJ Murphy wrote:
> On Thu, 31 Dec 2009 06:32:15 am Bruce MacArthur wrote:
> > After all, 99% of the list-members are fairly
> > decent folks, just like you and me.
> Cor, what an elitist statement!
> > But those who are ignorant or
> > foolish enough to send HTML just MAY be "dangerous" also; they do not
> > deserve to be read, in my own opinion!
> Ignorant ? - that's me about many things.
> Foolish ? - guilty as charged.
> I agree that for a  list like this, simple text is best - but in general
>  terms, this thinking is an example of the inverse  snobbery that has
>  caused Kmail to be hobbled in its ability to handle to HTML. It reads as a
>  firm declaration that proud geeks (who of course know more than anybody
>  else) do not read HTML email. What this is asking me to believe is that if
>  an anticipated email arrived as HTML then it would get deleted without
>  being read  I don't believe it - not for a second. Until Linux in general
>  and Kmail in particular can get beyond this type of purist thinking and
>  self-deception -  it will remain a minority interest - which of course may
>  be the main aim of some. Personally, I hope for greater acceptance for a
>  system which values user options and choice.

I think you are seriously misunderstanding the case.  The reason that html 
mail is so disliked by 'geeks' is that there have been instances where malware 
has been successfully and invisibly embedded.  I'm a staunch believer in 
choice, but my decision is simple.  I filter html mail from a few trusted 
sources into a couple of folders where I allow html display.  I do not read 
html messages on the lists.  And many people have the same personal rules.  I 
do read the text versions of multi-part messages.

Basically, if  you want to maximise your chances of getting help, you will 
respect the wishes of the community.  And please do not assume that since you 
know of no good reason for a decision, that means that no such reason exists.

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