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Make it easy to read emails either in plaintext or html mode (by default / always / once).

asked 2014-01-14 01:21:01 +0300

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updated 2016-09-08 18:29:30 +0300

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Original title: email: view plain text (optional default)

  1. I do not want the mail client to display the HTML part of an E-Mail (especially not loading anything, no Images, no DNS-Prefetching etc.) – I want to view the plain text part of an incoming email.

  2. Once this missing option is configurable, I would like to have those emails displayed with proper font size and Sailfish themed. Currently plain text emails are displayed on white background using far to small font size.

Edit (2014-05-31) to clarify:

within my original title I said "optional default" (I do not need it easy – I need it AT ALL, no matter if easy or not). I thought it is clear that this means, that I have a setting where I can check, that I do not want to view HTML. Just like I could on n900 and n9. If this would need editing a conf – fine for me (allthough I prefer a setting for that).

Actually I can not use the Jolla as long as my customers can see that I read their emails during weekend/evening, but did not take action until monday/next morning :D

update: still no option for plaintext in SFOSv2.0.1.11 / mail v0.2.15

update: still no option for plaintext in SFOSv2.0.2.51 / mail v0.3.3

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I like the idea of being able to read plaintext emails in big enough natively themed font. But, the title of this question could be clearer.. Are you suggesting to: 'Let user to specify in Settings to read all email in plaintext by default'?

foss4ever ( 2014-01-14 10:08:09 +0300 )edit

On my Jolla it differs per account: Google accounts show as html per default, Exchange-Accounts show text only, but I would really like to watch some of my Exchange-HTML-Mails as html.

yoktobit ( 2014-01-16 10:54:52 +0300 )edit

Edit: tried to make the title more descriptive.. feel free to change it back if it doesn't feel right.

foss4ever ( 2014-01-16 11:12:47 +0300 )edit

Of course, per account settings will be the best... It could look like the email details screen (third screen from the left) or perhaps a button to toggle text/email version.

R. ( 2014-01-18 12:54:09 +0300 )edit

I don't mind email having html formatting and showing attached images inline. I would prefer this over converting html mails to plain text. But I do NOT want any remote content unless specifically asked for. Blocking remote content shoud be the first option implemented if there's going to be any prioritizing.

So an option to block remote content by default and allow it per email basis would be enough for me.

hetas ( 2014-06-01 13:20:40 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-01-14 10:41:42 +0300

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Plain text should be default state to keep out HTML based insecurities and save time not downloading images.


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Yes it should.

foss4ever ( 2014-01-14 11:13:47 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-01-16 10:49:42 +0300

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updated 2014-02-02 21:21:23 +0300

I think kontact/kmail solves this problem very good. Per default the user sees the plain text email. If it is a html mail, theres a little link on the top to activate the html view. When html is activated there is another link to download pictures.

Jolla could adapt this and add two buttons on the top: "Allow html once" and "allow html always". The same with the picture download. So the default is "html off" but everyone could simply change it to "html always on".

Another advantage with the implementation of these buttons is that even if one usually uses plaintext it can easily switched to html for single specific mails.

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The solution of mutt i configured for me on my linux is - for me - much better: no html, only plain text. And if there is no plain text section, the HTML is parsed and converted to plain text. All links e.g. are converted to plain URL. The best advantage of it: you see phising mail immediately. At the moment it is impossible to recognize it (today e.g. i got a mail from "amazon.de" - of course it was not amazon. But Sailfish Mail Client says it was from Amazon. And it was not possible to see the real sender or even the plain link).

mono ( 2015-05-28 20:31:29 +0300 )edit

What you described is the standard kmail behaviour: no html, just plaintext. As you said, this form has many advantages. But these emails can sometimes be hard to read. So kmail allows the user via a simple click to temporary interpret the mail as html. If Jolla would implement it in this way. A user like you wouldn't have to do anything. If a user just sometimes want to see html, he simply can click a button once and the mail gets rendered. If the user want a simple to use mail client with eye-candy mails and not so much security he can switch on html rendering for all emails. So I still think the kmail solution would be best for the majority of the users, but of course your proposal still sounds a lot better than the current Jolla default rendering-everything-in-html.

blubdibub ( 2015-05-29 20:24:47 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-01-16 08:47:10 +0300

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I don't think it should be default. Even if many of us, maybe more technically inclined users prefer text only email because of the issues you mentioned (traffic, remote image loading confirming open, etc.) normal users would perceive this default view as a limitation of sailfishos as opposed to iOS and Android where email "looks good".

I definitively think it should be an option, but I wouldn't turn it on by default.

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I would add it the "setup account" wizard i.e "Would you like to use fancy formatting for emails?" type question.

this way, those that want/need to have lots of colours and bling only see that, those that select "TXT only" identify themselves as being more technical, so able to cope with options ;)

ymb ( 2014-01-16 15:52:25 +0300 )edit

answered 2018-05-15 01:09:55 +0300

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updated 2018-05-15 01:17:17 +0300

Caused by the ubiquitous presence in media about HTML-malware I just want to push up this important topic:

It should be a must have now: An option in the Email-app settings to configure any kind of mail to "Plain Text only" would be a great impovement.

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