If HTML -> text conversion fails: A suggestion/request

Julian Field mailscanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Apr 16 13:46:53 IST 2003

Good idea.

At 13:10 16/04/2003, you wrote:
>This site uses the MS option to convert the HTML in the body of all
>tagged messages to plain text. This leaves just the text and the links
>and the converted message is normally easy to read. This conversion has
>the great merit of preventing offensive content in a tagged message from
>popping up all over the user's screen.
>Occasionally the conversion leaves a very messy and unreadable message.
>Most of the time this does not matter because the message is really spam
>and will be ignored anyway.
>However if a "false positive" is incompletely converted and this message
>is an airline/train/hotel booking confirmation then it can be extremely
>inconvenient for the recipient.
>We would like to see an option in MailScanner that has the effect of
>saving the original HTML text of the message body as an attachment so
>that in the event of incomplete conversion leaving the message
>practically unreadable, the original message can be viewed as a last
>resort. This would also help Julian and other code authors to debug and
>improve the code that does the HTML -> plain text conversion.
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Julian Field
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