Messenger Pro 4.23 does HTML email, UnicodePublished: 10th Dec 2006, 20:35:41 | Permalink | Printable
<blink>Everyone loves HTML email</blink>Messenger Pro can now display HTML-formatted emails, thanks to a new built-in HTML engine. Version 4.23 of the email and usenet client was sent out by publisher R-Comp just before the weekend. It allows users to properly quote replies to HTML-based emails, and the engine can handle top-bit set foreign characters, links, images, and lists.
The plain message text can still be viewed, much to the relief of the more old school Internet users.
In an announcement sneaked out to customers on Friday, the company said: "Version 4.23 adds several major new features, which we hope you'll find useful. Perhaps the most significant upgrade is to the handling of HTML emails.
"Messenger Pro 4.23 now includes a simple HTML interpreter which allows it to give a sensible display of HTML-only emails."
The new release also includes Unicode support for non-Latin character sets, allowing emails containing foreign characters to be properly displayed on all versions of RISC OS, although it's said to be "enhanced" for RISC OS 5. Also, messages can now be easily forwarded as attachments.
Messenger Pro is currently developed by Colin "FTPc" Granville. The latest version was rolled out as a free update to existing Messenger Pro 4 users. Earlier this year, R-Comp contacted the NetSurf team with a proposal to make the open source web browser a plugin for external third party applications to use, although it's understood this did not come to fruition.
Update at 22:43 11/12/2006
We learn that the HTML engine in MPro 4.23 was written by Colin from scratch "because nothing currently available worked quite how he wanted", according to R-Comp. The Unicode system is the Castle Unicode, and is distributed with permission.
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