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Re: [Nmh-workers] improving nmh's MIME support

From: Robert Elz
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] improving nmh's MIME support
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008 19:12:39 +0700

    Date:        Mon, 02 Jun 2008 05:50:30 -0400
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  | Replying to a multipart in a sane manner is a bigger issue for me than
  | replying to a "foreign" charset....

To me they'd be about equally useful - I get a lot of "foreign" charset
e-mail (really, it is me, and English/ascii that is foreign here) that
I'd like to be able to sensibly quote (even if I reply in English, perhaps
just to ask "can you translate that?")

On the other hand, dealing with attachments is just annoying, deleting all
that stuff manually is irritating, but not difficult - though this one
(these days) perhaps happens more frequently than the other.

All the other 5 issues seemed either useful but hardly worth mentioning
(like I don't much care whether -width is "sensible" or not, it would be
nice, but it is hardly life threatening...) or less useful perhaps.

I'm not sure what "compose mail in another character set" means - if you
just mean "insert the correct headers so the mail can be interpreted
correctly" then that would be fine - but can also (usually) be handled by just
having a few suitable components files lying around and picking the
correct one.   On the other hand, if you mean input methods, and providing
the mechanism to actually enter text that is not ascii, then I think that's
way beyond anything nmh should be dealing with - I don't much care if
prompter is never able to read other than English, everyone sane uses some
real editor anyway, so getting the non-ascii characters is really someone
else's problem.

Dealing with replies is the one major mime issue that I have (but of
course, I use exmh most of the time, and most of the display issues ade
handled just fine for me that way... if I can't easily read the odd message
using raw nmh in a terminal emulator, I tend to not care all that much.)


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