[MlMt] Extra lines in quoted text

John D. Muccigrosso muccigrosso at icloud.com
Thu Jan 5 21:07:01 EST 2017

On 5 Jan 2017, at 11:22, Benny Kjær Nielsen wrote:

> On 5 Jan 2017, at 17:11, John D. Muccigrosso wrote:
> There are no blank lines in there. There’s a space in the 
> “blank” line, sure, but MM2 is generating 3 paragraphs between the 
> salutation and the body, not one with a space in it.
> It's not like there is a “correct” conversion to plain text. 
> Everything that has to do with HTML to text conversion is heuristic in 
> some way and HTML generated by Outlook certainly does not make it 
> easier. The conversion from HTML to text is not actually done by 
> MailMate itself. This is handled by an external script I didn't write 
> myself. Note that MailMate does strip the weird occurrences of   
> <o:p>   before doing this, because this often triggers issues.
> The first thing to examine though is whether or not the message 
> contains a plain text body part. MailMate always prefers this before 
> trying to convert HTML to plain text. This is under the assumption 
> that the email client generating the HTML probably also knows best 
> what the best representation using plain text would be (unfortunately 
> this is not always true).
> If there's no such plain text part (there really should be, but I'm 
> not surprised if there isn't) then the problem is that MailMate 
> doesn't properly “clean up” the plain text after the conversion. 
> You can forward an example to me using “Message ▸ Forward as 
> Attachment” and then I might find time to look into that.
> I hope that makes it a bit clearer.


I’ll send them along. Both have plain text parts with the following 

Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

The plain text has the correct spacing, though interestingly it 
doesn’t have the non-breaking space in the html.

> (And sorry for not yet answering all the other emails to the list.)

Don’t be! You’re very good at replying, IMO.

PS I left the reply as MM2 made it. You’ll notice that the original 
text from me is not double-quoted, even though it should be.


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