Another beginner Question - HTML formatted emails

2000-12-18 17:21:50
G'Day all,

Sorry for the long post but I do not want to trim too much...

I am trying to archive a mailing list - theer are about 500 users - all will be Windows based since the mailing list is about a win-32 based program. There are a wide variety of mail clients but Eudora, Netscape and the various MS clients are the most common.

Some people insist on sending formatted mail (not plain text). I have requested otherwise but some like fancy formatted emails.

When I run mhonarc over my Eudora mailbox (.MBX file) I get a number of results from HTML formatted messages.

1) if the body of a message looks like (******* are delimiters in this email only):
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

<META content="MSHTML 5.00.2314.1000" name=GENERATOR>
<BODY bgColor=#ffffff>
<DIV><FONT color=#0000ff face=&#26032;&#32048;&#26126;&#39636;><SPAN
<DIV><FONT color=#0000ff face=&#26032;&#32048;&#26126;&#39636;><SPAN
<DIV><FONT color=#0000ff face=&#26032;&#32048;&#26126;&#39636;><SPAN class=240050401-30112000>As the PCB file is opened, from the menu, select file&gt;&gt;save as(or save copy as), and then select PCB 3.0 Binary file, The PCB 3.0 format was used by Advanced PCB V3,
Protel 98, Protel 99 and Protel99 SP1</SPAN></FONT><FONT color=#0000ff
face=&#26032;&#32048;&#26126;&#39636;><SPAN class=240050401-30112000>. I guess the P99 which you said is
<DIV><FONT color=#0000ff face=&#26032;&#32048;&#26126;&#39636;><SPAN
<DIV><FONT color=#0000ff face=&#26032;&#32048;&#26126;&#39636;><SPAN
<DIV><FONT color=#0000ff face=&#26032;&#32048;&#26126;&#39636;><SPAN
<DIV align=left class=OutlookMessageHeader dir=ltr><FONT face=Tahoma
size=2>-----Original Message-----<BR><B>From:</B> Newton Fukue
[mailto:nyu(_at_)ajato(_dot_)com(_dot_)br]<BR><B>Sent:</B> Thursday, November 
30, 2000 3:03
AM<BR><B>To:</B> Multiple recipients of list proteledausers<BR><B>Subject:</B>
 P99 to P98<BR><BR></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>How can I save the PCB file maked in P99 as a file
for P98?</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>


Then it comes through into the mhonarc generated HTML page with all the HTML tags visible.

2) If, however, the message looks like:
On a very dense board, it is sometimes easier to see the available real
estate by suppressing the visual background noise.&nbsp; If you have just
the multilayer vias and pads turned on, along with the single layer upon
which you are working, the manual routing possibilities on that layer
become much clearer. <br>
The mode is available in Protel 98 from the tools/preferences/options
menu, and in Protel 99SE by using 'shift S'.<br>
Regards - Harry<br>
At 02:13 PM 12/14/00 -0500, you wrote:<br>
<font face="Times New Roman, Times" size=2>snip<br>
<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>I hate to sound too stupid, but
I've evidently missed something along the <br>
way, despite having done quite a few complex multilayer boards. What is
this <br>
&quot;single layer mode&quot;, and what does it do for you in manual
routing? I can <br>
stay on one layer just fine during manual routing with all the layers
enabled, so obviously I've misunderstood something in what you're
describing. <br>
When you get a few minutes, could you please educate me? <br>
</font><font face="arial">Steve Hendrix </font></blockquote></html>

the resulting messagexxxx.html file displays as just the last few lines as shown here:


3) There are also some messages that have "<x-flowed>" at the beginning of the message and then "</x-flowed>" at the end of the message. Doesn't seem to cause any damage but .......

Is there a method to get HTML formatted messages to be interpreted correctly? I assume there is some sort of resource seting that will help me.

What I really want is a black-box that I can run every month and produce another months archive. I do not want to learn the guts of mhonarc if possible. I would love a resource file that did a reasonable job on producing a thread index with a little fancier navigation than the basic default format and a subject index - ideally both showing the dates of messages if possible. Has anyone got such a resource file that would be willing to share on a no-responsibility basis. (It would ideally cope with mails from Windows-based clients complete with HTML formatted messages. I have another issue with people using the reply-to button to create new thread which stuffs up mhonarcs threading somewhat but I gather this is difficult to solve - incorrect in-reply-to field is difficult to cope with....)

I am sorry if it looks like I am not getting involved in the guts of this powerful program but I am spread rather thinly as it is and I simply do not have the time to invest in mhonarc.

Thanks very much,

Ian Wilson

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