HTML converted to Plain text chars should not show up in message



19 years ago
10 years ago


(Reporter: fenella, Assigned: bugzilla)


Windows NT

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19 years ago
Win32 (2000-05-11-08 M16)
Linux  (2000-05-11-08 M16)
1. Launch Messenger using Task|Mail
2. In the Address card, check "Send email as Plain Text"
3. In the Preference|Formatting, check "convert Message into Plain text"
4. Compose a message that contains the following type of text and send it to 

This message contain plain text and   (Plain text)
bolded text                           (bolded text)
italic text                           (italic text)
and underscored text                  (underscored text) 

5. View the message

Actual result: In the message content, Conversion characters are displayed in 
the Message pane. (Note the same is displayed in the source page, which is 

This message contain plain text and
*bolded text*              (Show bolded)
* */italic text/* *
_and underscored text_

Expected result: Should display the plain text like this:

This message contain plain text and
bolded text,
italic text
and underscored text

This occurs on Linux and Win32 

Can not test Mac because of bug 38555

Comment 1

19 years ago
ccing pmock since he wrote/has a similar bug #39096.

Comment 2

19 years ago
Changing qa assigned from lchiang to

 (Here are my thoughts on this matter so please don't flame me)
 I believe this bug is invalid because from the started scenario, you do not 
specify what your current viewing and display mail preference are set to. Under 
the Viewing Message and Composing message preference, you have the preferences 
seting for "Add HTML Styles to structured phrases. For example text contained 
astrisks as bold" Both preference are enabled by default.  With this preference 
enabled under composing, we will add "plain text tags" to the mail message. 
  For explaination, read bug 16800 and bug 16507 on this feature.

When a message that contains "plain text tags" is viewed in seamonkey, it will 
interpret the tag and display bold text, underline text, and/or italic text when 
it encounters "plain text tags" surrounding the text.

In my bug 39096, I notice I could not disable the composing message preference. 
This view message preference does work; allowing you to not to display bold, 
italic or underline.

(I'm don't know all the specifics of this feature ... but I'm trying to get a 
QA Contact: lchiang → pmock

Comment 3

19 years ago
Well, the confusion on my part deepens.  According to Ben Bucksch,bug 39096 is 
invalid because he said
 "pmock, as pointed out before, there's no way to add HTML style to plain text
msgs, so we certainly never do this. This pref is only applicable for sending
HTML msgs. In this case and if enabled, I try to recognize *plain text tags* in
the HTML content and add HTML styles to them. This is basically an alternative
way to mark the text and then format it bold in the HTML editor (of course with
the difference, that there are stars in the first case). If not clear, please
ask. Also see <>. INVALID."

Maybe this bug is not invalid.  I need to go over bug 16507 more closely. 

Comment 4

19 years ago
Peter, I did have the default in the preference, which is the "Add HTML Styles
to structured phrase" was checked. 
I will not feel offended if you or the developer feels this is an invalid and
mark it invalid  since I am not very expert in this area. 
But as a user, I don't expect to see the * and the / in my mail when I convert
it from HTML to plain text. However, it is OK to see them in the page source

Comment 5

19 years ago
Thanks Fenella for your feedback.

I guess, I confused what should happens when we convert from HTML->Plain Text or 
HTML->Plain Text&HTML?  In 4.x and 4.0x, we didn't have the feature to Improve 
HTML to Plain text conversion (bug 16800).


19 years ago
Last Resolved: 19 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID

Comment 6

19 years ago
From today 5/18 Mail issue meeting, it was decided that bug 39702 is valid.  The 
user pref "mail.send_struct" aka "Convert structured phrases to HTML styles on 
Send..." is not working correctly.  It suppose to turn on/off the conversion 
from HTML to Plain text where rich text is converted to plain text tags.
  Example: bold text gets converted to plain text surrounded by astericks.

By default the user pref is enabled, so the scenario that is described in this 
bug report is correct behavior.  If Fenella set the user pref to off then it 
should not have added the plain text tags (astericks, underscores, and slashes).

In short, the user preference "mail.send_struct" broken which is bug 39702 
(formerly bug 39096).  I think we can mark this bug as invalid based on the 
given scenario results is correct and keep bug 39702 open to fix the user pref. 

Jeff, I'm marking this bug as invalid, please re-open if you disagree. /Peter

Comment 7

19 years ago
Verified as invalid.
Product: MailNews → Core
Product: Core → MailNews Core
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