#165 ✓fixreleased
Thomas Grundberg

semicolon from nowhere

Reported by Thomas Grundberg | June 24th, 2011 @ 11:41 AM

When pasting url:s into mail messages, I habitually surround them with angle brackets:


When sending the message, Mailmate adds a semicolon after the right bracket:


The semicolon is present in the message at the receiver’s end and (of course) also locally in the sent message. When clicking the link in the sent message the semicolon is added at the end of the url, which in most cases gives a 404 error message at the visited server.

Desired behaviour: 1. Do not add semicolon.
2. Only pick up the part of the url between the brackets.

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • benny

    benny June 24th, 2011 @ 04:19 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “reproduced”
    • Assigned user set to “benny”

    The problem is only display related. The message sent does not contain this semicolon. It is only when MailMate converts a plain text message to HTML that the problem arises (no matter which email client the message comes from). The semicolon arises because the '>' is converted into an HTML entity (>) before a search and replace is done for making links out of any URLs found in the message.

    Thanks for noticing this issue.

  • Thomas Grundberg

    Thomas Grundberg June 25th, 2011 @ 08:35 AM

    Thanks, Benny. I was certain that Mailmate sent the semicolon, but then my test person was somewhat vague. Good to know that it’s only a local thing.

  • benny

    benny June 25th, 2011 @ 12:15 PM

    For the record: The raw message can always be seen using “View ▸
    Show Raw Source” (⌥⌘U). Messages generated by MailMate are
    generally very readable in their raw form.

  • Thomas Grundberg

    Thomas Grundberg June 26th, 2011 @ 09:27 AM

    Messages encoded as 8bit pose no problem in raw form:

    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
    X-Mailer: MailMate (1.2r2191)
    Attagirl! Uppriktigt sagt ser jag bara hermeliner på scen. Det enda du 
    behöver tänka på är att det alltid är bra att vara påläst.

    While quoted printable always messes up non-us-ascii chars:

    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
    X-Mailer: MailMate (1.2r2191)
    st=C3=B6tte p=C3=A5 en artikel om v=C3=A4rldens f=C3=B6r stunden snabbast=
    e dator:

    OTOH, the formatted message looks ok: stötte på en artikel om världens för stunden snabbaste dator:

    I have no idea what makes a mail client prefer one encoding before another. This is a royal pain in the behind when posting to mailing lists: there is no way to tell if the recipients’ mail software will render it correctly or not.

    Very off-topic, sorry, but had to get it off my chest.

  • benny

    benny June 27th, 2011 @ 08:41 AM

    • State changed from “reproduced” to “fixcommitted”

    MailMate tries to avoid quoted-printable, but there are some exceptions currently (it can be tricky). If you have an example of an ordinary email for which you do not think MailMate should have chosen quoted printable (like indicated above) then you are welcome to send it to me. I prefer readable raw messages (within the limits of the email standards).

    I “hacked” a fix for the ';' issue. Auto-linking in text (or HTML) is a non-trivial problem.

  • Thomas Grundberg

    Thomas Grundberg June 27th, 2011 @ 02:50 PM

    Thanks again, Benny. An example email will follow.

  • benny

    benny August 3rd, 2011 @ 12:04 PM

    • State changed from “fixcommitted” to “fixreleased”
  • Joachim Tingvold

    Joachim Tingvold June 5th, 2012 @ 09:53 AM

    I got this issue today. See attached email.

    The URL is displayed as <http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5678/ps10981/design_guide_c07-693245.html>;., where the '>' is included in the link.

  • benny

    benny June 7th, 2012 @ 07:33 AM

    Thanks, I've improved it and I think it should be pretty robust now (with regard to the ;-issue).

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