Re: Printing of HTML emails still impossible.
- From: Peter Bloomfield <PeterBloomfield bellsouth net>
- To: balsa-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Printing of HTML emails still impossible.
- Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 14:56:44 -0400
On 06/24/2003, Albrecht Dreß wrote:
> Am 24.06.03 16:43 schrieb(en) Peter Bloomfield:
>> Agreed! Perhaps we should revert to GtkHtml for handling html
>> messages--it has a printing section in its api, and GtkHtml2 (which
>> has been used in all Balsa-2.0.x versions) seems to have none. Does
>> anyone have any insights?
> IIRC, gtkhtml has been *very* unstable, killing balsa on a regular
> basis through some types of adv/spam mails. This has been resolved
> only with Gnome 2.2, so **please** don't move backwards!!
I've seen many problems with the gtkhtml2 libs that Balsa-2.0.x has
linked with--I haven't heard of any similar problems with gtkhtml(1).
> I must admit that I doubt if html printing is (a) necessary and (b)
> easy to do.
(a) Necessity is, as you note, a personal issue!
(b) If it's not easy to do, yours truly won't take it on--I go after
low-hanging fruit! The api includes:
void gtk_html_print(GtkHTML *html,
which looks encouraging.
> My *personal* pov is that html printing is not necessary, as 99% of
> the html-only mails I get are spam. Some people send multipart/
> alternative with a html and a plain part containing the same
> information (read: text, not font/color/...). I know that there have
> been extensive discussions about html mails here, and I don't want to
> start that again. *I* think, if it should be implemented, it has a
> *very* low priority.
> The second point is that afaict html rendering/printing may be
> difficult to implement in the current framework. The only quick and
> easy solution would be an api which returns pixmaps or ps structures
> for a given area (remember that the html part may start somewhere on
> balsa's printout, due to headers/other parts). Implementing that
> within balsa itself would be a *huge* task and incomplete almost
> forever; even mozilla can not print everything correctly...
> Just my ¤ 0.01...
All good points--I'm *very* grateful for the option to prefer plain
text over html--but it nags at me whenever I try to print a mail from
the last 1%, and just get the icon (well, a blank space, actually).
We'll subject any change to exhaustive and strenuous testing, as
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