HTML by default in KMail

Myriam Schweingruber schweingruber at
Fri Aug 6 11:42:54 BST 2010

On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 12:28, Jonathan Riddell <jriddell at> wrote:
> At Akademy I queried the current and past KMail maintainers about HTML
> by default in e-mails.  They seemed to agree that it was a bit old
> fashioned to be keeping it off and agreed it would be fine to turn it
> on by default (in Kubuntu and upstream).  It seems unfriendly to me to
> show a message with most e-mails that the programme is hiding
> something from the user.
> KMail has large warnings in it's config box about security problems
> that might magically appear.  I can imagine it would help with
> phishing.  I could also imagine javascript security problems, although
> I'd hope javascript isn't allowed in Kmail e-mails I could be wrong.
> As someone who uses a terminal programme for my e-mail I doubt my
> opinion weights for much but I'd like to hear thoughts people have on
> the setting.

I am strongly against turning it on. I don't see a valid reason to
turn it on btw, as the user always gets an option to allow displaying
of pictures/graphics for a particular sender. Also since half of the
mail I get during the day is spam and they tend to often send HTML, I
am very glad it is turned off by default.

A Linux system is by default secure, enabling HTML is certainly not.

Let the users who want to have it turn it on by themselves, but don't
do so by default. I would really hate it to see kmail users of the
future send html by default to mailing lists...

Regards, Myriam.
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