[Enigmail] PGP/MIME in web mail clients ( was: Re: some thoughts about usability)

Olav Seyfarth olav at enigmail.net
Mon Mar 30 17:38:20 CEST 2015


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Hi Ian,

> I started off using PGP/MIME, it seemed neat. However, some contacts read 
> their mail in web browsers, eg Gmail, and all they saw was the signature
> and could not view content of the message.

It is true that web mail clients often do not handle PGP/MIME (or PGP at all).
But what you describe above is that Google Mail would not display the message
body AT ALL. I just tried to reproduce this but cannot!

Gmail inbox DOES show the CONTENT of the message body for all PGP/MIME messages
(plain text, HTML only, mixed) I sent to myself.

It cannot display the SIGNATURE properly, though! (Your receipient may not
verify the message within the Google mail web interface. But that applies to
ALL non PGP-enabled mail clients.)

> It was a hassle trying to remember which contacts used the web browser to 
> read email in.

You could have used per-receipient rules for that...

> Switching to in-line solved the issue for me. Now the see the signature
> and email content.

Sure. That's the beauty of INLINE. It ALWAYS works (with plain text). But looks
ugly ;-)

> It is nice we have the choice to select from.

Sure. And this will stay in Enigmail. You may set your personal preference,
let Enigmail automatically change this personal per-identity setting using
per-receipient rules and you may switch while composing messages. But the
program default will be PGP/MIME in our next release.

Olav
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The Enigmail Project - OpenPGP Email Security For Mozilla Applications

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