kmail: sending/receiving messages in HTML

Benjamin Lee Solosy aethereal at
Sat Dec 14 00:26:29 GMT 2002

Hi everybody,

Just to clarify on my part:  I did not mean to imply that Ingo (or any other 
KDE developers, in particular) were anti-HTML mail.

Instead, I was simply referring to many other (generic) KMail users (on 
Usenet, etc.) who are very clearly anti-HTML mail.  They have written many 
messages specifically decrying HTML mail as "evil," etc.  : )

Here are just a few excerpts (among many):

From: Adam Short (ashort at
Subject: Re: HTML Mail? 
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux
Date: 2000-11-23 04:26:57 PST 

Html emails are likewise the spawn of Satan. If you want to build a webpage,
build a webpage, if you want to send an email, send an email, for gods sake
don't do both! I get enough spam already, I don't need multicoloured, jazzy,
dancing spam as well! End rant!
From: Jan Schaumann (jschauma at
Subject: Re: HTML Mail
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux, alt.comp.mail.misc
Date: 2000-11-18 07:29:32 PST 

IMHO, HTML has no place in mail whatsoever - if I get html-mail, I
respond to the people asking them to not send me any more html-mail and
change their client to sent pure text only.
From: Old Rocker (old.rocker at
Subject: Re: How to send HTML email with Kmail? 
Newsgroups:, alt.os.linux
Date: 2002-11-21 16:25:23 PST 

On Thu, 21 Nov 2002 15:16:32 +0000, Ryan wrote:
> Jeeze!! I couldn't believe all the HTML EMAIL IS EVIL comments I found
> when I tried to find an answer to this question in usenet archives.

Well it is and this is one of the reasons why KMail doesn't produce HTML
mail (and long may it continue).

So, just to re-emphasize:  I did not mean to imply that any of the KMail 
developers were anti-HTML mail.  However, I have come across many other 
people (general KMail users) who do seem to be.

As you know, I am pro-HTML mail functionality.  But, of course, I certainly 
have no wish to make anybody else send or receive (render) HTML mail if 
he/she does not wish to do so.

Thanks again for your comments!

A *very happy and proud* KDE user!  : )

On Friday 13 December 2002 12:42 am, Ingo Klöcker wrote:
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> Chris Kuhi wrote:
> > Don't mistake Ingo's answer to mean there is resistance to composing
> > HTML
> > messages, I think rather it has been a matter of priorities thusfar.
> > As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure I read in one of the related
> > mailing lists some of the other developers talking about how they
> > wanted to implement it; it might have been the 'make_it_cool'
> > developers, I'm not sure.
> That's correct.
> > Anyway, Kmail has been developing very quickly and there are a *lot*
> > of different things the developers are working on, and I think
> > implementing the display of HTML mails was somewhat easier than the
> > composing of them
> > would/will be.  Besides, it was neccessary in order to make some mails
> > even readable, whereas -- as you said -- you can be more expressive
> > when you write
> > an HTML mail, but you can still be expressive without.  Just a matter
> > of
> > priorities, like I said.  I don't think any of the developers are
> > actively against it, though any of them can feel free to correct me if
> > I'm wrong :-)
> Thanks for clarifing Chris!
> As we use the same HTML rendering engine as Konqueror viewing HTML
> messages was trivial. But there isn't a usable HTML message composer
> yet. And that's why composing HTML messages with KMail currently isn't
> possible. But one day KMail will support this.
> Regards,
> Ingo
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