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Re: [nmh-workers] Formatting HTML to Text: netrik.

2019-06-28 03:03:04
I'm an old geezer too.  I even go so far as to think people who use
computer mice just by virtue of that use are diminishing their potential
productivity.
In slint and I expect other distributions par and par2cmdline are both
paragraph reformatters.  Slint comes with par already installed by
default.
I need to read up on both since if I can find tools that work better
than fmt and newfmt that will make some of my work easier.

On Thu, 27 Jun 2019, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:

Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 01:30:12
From: Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg@tristatelogic.com>
To: nmh-workers@nongnu.org
Subject: Re: [nmh-workers] Formatting HTML to Text: netrik.

In message <E1hgeXd-0003He-PG@sleekit>,
Conrad Hughes <biz_nmh_workers@xrad.org> wrote:

 - replfilter depends on 'par', which users may not have installed, but

Ummmm... I don't have that either.  What is it and where do I get it?

Finally, I'd almost be inclined to have nmh-without-replfilter display a
message about replfilter, for example maybe in whatnowproc, so after
grinding your teeth about the undecoded base64 you at least see a
message suggesting a remedy for this after exiting the editor.  I
realise though that accurate detection of circumstances where it would
be helpful to display such a message might not easy, but it would save a
certain amount of repetition.

Seconded.

Some folks... me included... need to be very explicitly knocked upside the
head in order to make sure that we get the message.

Or maybe replfilter should just become part of the (shipped) default
configuration.

Lord knows that well over than 50% of all emails I've received over the past
several years contain either base64 or HTML or both, so that would seem
to make some sense.


Regards,
rfg


P.S.  Speaking as a relic of a now long bygone era (which I am), I really
do wish that all of this base64 and HTNMLized email stuff would get off my
lawn.  (Yes, I'm an old geezer.)

It all annoys me very much, because I know damn well that all of this stupid
HTML stuff... which makes all mails about a factor of ten bigger... isn't
actually carrying any useful additional information that could not have
been represented and expressed just as well with good old plain text.

But I already lost this battle at least a decade or two ago.  Sigh.  Oh well.
We live and we adapt.


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