[MlMt] 2 queries

Benny Kjær Nielsen mailinglist at freron.com
Thu Jan 26 12:07:18 UTC 2012

On 26 Jan 2012, at 12:29, Ross Paterson wrote:

> Not sure how this works, but have just switched to Mailmate.

Thanks for choosing MailMate.

> 2 questions:
> 1. I like to create subfolders to store different kinds of emails, but 
> that does not seem to work with the smartfolder system. e.g. emails of 
> a certain category kept in a subfolder. Any clues?

Smart folders are not real folders. They are views of the messages in 
the real mailboxes in your IMAP accounts. You can create a hierarchy of 
real mailboxes in one your of your IMAP accounts (under SOURCES) and you 
can then either use drag'n'drop to move messages into them or use 

Personally, I just archive messages using “Move to Archive” and the 
messages are then moved into an IMAP mailbox named Archive within the 
same account. If I need to see a special set of messages I most often 
search (or create a smart mailbox).

With respect to smart mailboxes, it can be useful to mark messages using 
“Mark as Flagged”. It is also possible to use [custom key 
bindings][1] to introduce other tags (there is currently no GUI for 
that, but IMAP keywords are supported). An advanced example of the use 
of a smart mailbox (and tagging) can be seen [here][2]. The example 
shows how to easily keep track of whether or not you have received 
replies to messages for which you are waiting for replies.

[1]: http://manual.mailmate-app.com/custom_key_bindings#special_actions
[2]: http://freron.lighthouseapp.com/projects/58672/tickets/224

> 2. I cannot get an html email (with graphics etc) to forward as that, 
> as all seem just plain text when forwarded. Any clues?

MailMate (and I) are not so fond of HTML emails. The composer can only 
handle plain text although recently it also supports [Markdown][3] for 
generating HTML emails (but you probably knew that):

[3]: http://manual.mailmate-app.com/preferences#markup_support

You can “Message ▸ Forward as Attachment” to forward the original 
message as you received it. In all other cases MailMate prefers the 
plain text alternative if available in the message.

I have no plans to make an HTML composer, but I may introduce a HTML 
▸ Markdown transformation to handle some use cases better. (I hope you 
are not too disappointed with that answer.)

(Off-topic: Your message and my reply are good examples of when Markdown 
fails to work as intended. It is impossible to split up an 
auto-enumerated list in a reply without ruining the enumeration. This is 
one of several examples which makes it desirable to define and implement 
a Markdown variant designed for email usage.)


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