HTML by default in KMail

Tomasz Czapiewski xeros at
Fri Aug 6 12:02:08 BST 2010

On Fri, 6 Aug 2010, Myriam Schweingruber wrote:

> 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.

I agree with Myriam, HTML view in KMail should not be enabled by default.
Just take a look at most spam/viruses in mail. I'm not sure if KMail is 
vulnerable for them or not, but I want to take a look at text message, 
sender, subject, etc. first than I enable HTML view of a message.
The current option to enable HTML view of e-mail in KMail is very 

Btw. will the new development version of KMail support HTML messages with 
in-mail graphics? It's my most needed feature which almost all graphic 
e-mail clients support but KMail doesn't.


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