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Re: "Forward" in the standard way

From: Elias Mårtenson
Subject: Re: "Forward" in the standard way
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 11:38:57 +0800

On 6 April 2016 at 16:46, Adam Sjøgren <> wrote:

 * elide all "full-bottom-quoted" emails, preferably with a line for
   each, togglable,


 * reformat an email containing a thread of emails full-bottom-quoted
   into the "correct" format (top quoted)

I guess the latter isn't that useful, but sometimes I reformat threads
to make them understandable.

Fair enough (and yes, I'm aware of the fact that I made a mistake with my previous message).

The first suggestion is what Gmail is doing, I believe, and it seems to work quite well.

The second suggestion is not really workable. Anyone who has been working in an organisation that uses Outlook extensively (like where I work) knows that the chains become very long, and reformatting to put the entire message (or even message chain) on top would make it incredibly difficult to read.

My tool does not address this at all. In fact, using shr to render the HTML Outlook emails works really well in almost all cases, and for the remaining ones all you need to do is to press K H to render it in a browser.

My tool ensures that the reply chain is preserved when you reply. Believe it or not, but in many companies, when someone wants to inform another person of a previous discussion, he simply forwards the email to the recipient, and the entire chain is there for him. Thus, you need to make sure that no matter how you write your mails, you need to ensure that the previous chain is preserved, including inline images etc. That is what my tool does.

I'm brining this up here, because I feel that this functionality should be part of Gnus. However, my tool is not suitable for this, due to the fact that it does the HTML rewriting using an external program. If there was an Elisp implementation of a parser that supports the HTML→DOM→Edit→DOM→HTML workflow, I'd be happy to implement it.


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