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Re: [Nmh-workers] better HTML rendering for selective emails

From: Tom Lane
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] better HTML rendering for selective emails
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:49:23 -0500

Michael Richardson <address@hidden> writes:
> I use mh-e under GNU Emacs. (I used to run Xemacs).
> HTML rendering is okay, and 99% of the time, I prefer the text/plain anyway.
> But when I need it, I need it bad, and I forw -mime to my gmail account.
> (Talking HTML emails with tables. The worst offender is a status report *I*
> wrote.  HTML tables was the right answer)

> I am looking another solution.
> I have tried exmh, but it's not really better.
> So I'm back to thinking about an IMAP server on top of MH (running on my
> desktop) plus thunderbird running wherever, read-only access is just fine,
> and it comes to UW-IMAP as the best solution.   I just want to be sure I'm
> picking the best solution here.

> Another solution would extract the HTML into a file, and then tell my web
> browser (which, if I'm SSH'into my desktop, is the browser on the machine I'm
> SSH'ed *from*) to load that HTML file.

FWIW, exmh has an ability to do effectively that, ie, pass off html chunks
to a browser for rendering.  I generally don't use it so I'm not sure how
smooth it is, but I remember that it's there.

What I do use a lot in exmh is the ability to pass off a link to a browser
to open.  I had to do some additional scripting to get this to work in the
case that I care about (exmh is talking to an X server on my Mac laptop,
but the browser I like is OS X Safari which doesn't know from X events,
so I've got a shim in there to translate to AppleEvents).

You could probably jury-rig something similar without bothering with exmh.

                        regards, tom lane

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