Inserting Images in KMail

Ignazio Palmisano ignazio_io at
Tue Mar 3 21:54:52 UTC 2009

Mark Greenwood wrote:
> On Tuesday 03 March 2009 21:07:43 Alvin wrote:
>> On Tuesday 03 March 2009 20:24:03 Mark Greenwood wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 03 March 2009 08:28:57 Alvin wrote:
>>>> On Monday 02 March 2009 23:40:42 Mark Greenwood wrote:
>>>>> OK, I think I know the answer to this already, and I think it's that
>>>>> KMail doesn't do HTML very well.. but just in case here goes.
>>>>> I want to insert an image into a mail so it appears inline, not as an
>>>>> attachment (like I can do in Evolution, Thunderbird, blimey even
>>>>> Outlook Express does that....) but KMail seems to only want to insert
>>>>> images as attachments, even though it's happy to display inline images
>>>>> in received messages. Is there something I'm missing, can I actually do
>>>>> this? I fear not, because the KMail developers seem to suffer from
>>>>> HTML-o-phobia if the mail archives are anything to go on :)
>>>> You don't need HTML for that. (HTML mail is evil)
>>> In what way is HTML mail "evil"? That's the attitude the KMail developers
>>> take. HTML mail is very useful.
>> There might be a few uses for it, I think. I don't use it and I write a lot of 
>> mail. In most cases it just enlarges the mail. It is considered bad manners, 
>> and certainly on a mailing list. My IMAP mailbox is only 20MB (yes, I'm paying 
>> for that). Imagine a person who posts a lot of questions each day while using 
>> HTML mail. I would have to unsubscribe from the list.
> OK I don't understand. You don't get 20MB of mail in a day, surely? Are you saying you leave all your mail on the server all the time?  Having my mail locally is utterly crucial, so I can work offline if I'm on site and there's no net access. Why would you choose to leave it on the server? I honestly didn't know people still did that.

Well that's what gmail does unless you go and delete it, so people do 
that quite a lot these days :) possible reasons: offsite backup, access 
from different machines... that's mostly it for me. I download it too 
and regularly delete stuff like mailing list messages from the server, I 
want them available whether I'm online or not.

About "evil", I'd keep my moral labels for more relevant things :) HTML 
email is of little use to me, and often annoying when I get one. More or 
less like a mosquito. Doesn't mean someone else should think it's evil, 


>>> I'll just have to use Thunderbird or Evolution instead.. but it's not a
>>> very nice resolution to the problem is it? I'll have to dispense with a
>>> nice, integrated mail client and use something else just because of
>>> someone's prejudice against technology. I mean, come on, grow up.
>>>> Just right-click your attachment, choose properties and check 'Suggest
>>>> automatic display'.
>>> Yeah, done that, but my friend's email client still just showed it as an
>>> attachment.
>> Ah, maybe he doesn't want to display attachments automatically. Hence the 
>> 'suggestion'. Having control about how you want to view your mail is a good 
>> thing. 
> Well that's a matter of opinion :) If I send someone a mail I've spent time to format carefully, I want to know that they can see my careful formatting.
>> What mail client is that?
> Not sure, whatever she uses at work. She's a graphic designer, so Apple Mail, probably :)
>> -- 
>> Alvin

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