The 'prefers to receive messages formatted as' option has disappeared
(Thunderbird :: Address Book, defect)
(Reporter: nicholasjoll, Unassigned)
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Steps to reproduce:
On Windows (Thunderbird 102.3.1) and on Linux (Thunderbird 102.2.2) the 'prefers to receive messages formatted as' option, in the address book, appears simply to have disappeared!
I opened the address book and examined the fields for a few addresses.
I should have found the 'prefers to receive messages formatted as' option - which is a rather important option.
8 months ago
Recipient centric options have been removed in bug 1727493. This is per design.
I skimmed the long webpage to which you, Magnus, directed me. I am left unclear about what the options are for someone who wants or needs to send mail to people - and those people include many _developers - who very much prefer to to receive their emails in plain text.
Is such a user - someone who needs to email such people - to make some approximation to what they want via either (1) the about:config preference
mail.default_html_action preference and/or (2) Compose -> Options -> Sending Format?
Also: I tend to read the Thunderbird changelogs. I did not notice this change - the removal of a constant but per-user sending format option - described in any changelog.
8 months ago
In the default configuration, if you don't add fancy styling etc, Thunderbird sends the message as plain text.
To force control how a particular mail will be sent, yes, Compose -> Options -> Sending Format.
mail.default_html_action determines what format will automatically be applied, in case HTML would be required to preserve the message content as written when sending.
Thank you for the information.
The following remains the case. The removal of functionality ought to have been in the changelog. Also, the point about Compose -> Options -> Sending Format, and documentation of the relevant about:config preference(s), ought to be made easy for people to find.
4 months ago