Reply/Forward Preferences

When you click the Reply/Forward ... option, the Reply Forward Preferences dialog appears.

Figure: Reply/Forward Preferences Dialog

Remove me from recipient list in replies

Toggle this parameter On to have your name removed from the recipient list when replying to a message that has your name in the To: field or the Cc: field. This preference helps ensure that you don't get a copy of your own reply.

Redundant replies can occur if you are listed in either the To: or Cc: fields of an incoming message.

In some cases, however, you may still generate an additional reply copy. This could happen if your alias gets expanded to a full Internet address. In that case, the pattern matching routine that removes your alias from the recipient list will not be able to find a match for the full address.

Numbering Replies

When you reply to a message, Ishmail and various other mail tools change the original subject line by adding the prefix Re:. For example, when you reply to mail with the subject Question about Ishmail the subject in the reply will become Re: Question about Ishmail. If the reply is replied to, the subject becomes Re: Re: Question about Ishmail.

Toggle this parameter On to cause Ishmail to condense all Re: prefixes into a single prefix that is numbered to indicate how many times replies have been traded on this subject. For example, the Re: Re: Question about Ishmail in the previous example would become instead Re[2]: Question about Ishmail.

Remove comment text from addresses

E-mail addresses can be adorned with various information which is ignored by the mail transport subsystem, but which make the address more readable to humans. In Ishmail, this extra information is referred to as comment text. Given the address, here are two examples containing comment text: (Ishmail Technical Support)
Ishmail Technical Support <>

In order to avoid cluttering the To: field in the Composition window, Ishmail strips off any comment text from addresses. You can override this behavior by toggling this parameter Off.

Indent lines in responses using:

This field specifies the prefix to use for each line in the original message of a reply. Any valid text string can be used.

The default character is a greater-than symbol (>).

Begin forwarded messages with:

This field specifies the string to include at the beginning of forwarded messages. Any valid text string can be used.

The default string is: >>>>>Forwarded message from %from:.

End forwarded messages with:

This field specifies the string to include at the end of forwarded messages. Any valid text string can be used.

The default string is: <<<<<End forwarded message.

Attribution string:

This field specifies an attribution string to use in message responses.

The default string is %from:wrote:, where %from: is the associated line from the mail header command through which messages are filtered.

Any keyword found in the message header can be referred to as a variable by preceding its name with a percent sign "%", for example %to, %subject, %in-reply-to. If the specified header is not found in a particular mail message the variable name is used as a literal. In other words, if the preference defines the attribution string as $xyz said: and an xyz: line is not found in the message header, the attribution string will literally be %xyz said:.

Refer to RFC822 for a list of standard keywords. If you wish to define new keywords, follow the guidelines in RFC822.

Forward these headers:

In the Displayed Headers Option dialog you can specify which mail headers should be shown in the Reading window. When you forward a message, by clicking one of the Forward these headers: radio buttons you can specify whether the forwarded message should contain:

Signature Preferences

When you click the Signature ... option, the Signature Preferences dialog appears.

Figure: Signature Preferences Dialog

Signature Preferences Window

Use the Signature Window Preferences window to control how your signature is used, if at all, in outgoing mail messages.

Your signature consists of one or more lines of information, which are added to your outgoing messages, typically at the end. You can put information here such as your full name, street address, telephone numbers, your organization's or company's name, and so forth. Some people also put clever sayings, quotations, or ASCII artwork in their signature.

Internet etiquette encourages you to keep your signature small, three lines or less.

Signature files

You can have up to four different signature files, for use in different circumstances:

Messages sent outside your organization or domain
The default path name is $HOME/.signature. This is the same path name used by various other e-mail tools. You can use the same signature file with other tools.

MIME messages sent outside your domain
The default path name is $HOME/.signature

Message sent internal to your domain
The default path name is $HOME/.signature

MIME messages sent internal to your domain
The default path name is $HOME/.signature

If you do not specify any names for the internal signature files, or if the names specified in the fields don't exist, Ishmail uses your external signature regardless of where the message is going. If you don't have any signature files, no signature is added regardless of the setting of the Add signature button.

If your message is being sent to more than one person, and one or more of them are external to your domain, the external signature is used for all copies of the message.

Whether to use the enriched signature is controlled by the Signature Type radio buttons.

If your signature file has execute permission and you are the only one with write permission, the Ishmail uses your login shell to execute the file and the standard output is captured as your signature. This lets you customize your signature for each message.

You can edit your signature file by clicking the Edit button to the left of the file name. The editor specified as the Alternate Editor in the Composition Window Preferences dialog will be used (the default is the vi editor).

Signature Type

Click the Always use plain signature radio button if you just want to use the $HOME/.signature file.

If you click Always use enriched signature and your enriched signature file exists, it will be used for all messages.

If you click Use enriched signature only in MIME messages and your enriched signature file exists, it will be used if you are sending a MIME message. Otherwise, the plain signature is used.

Add signature to outgoing messages

Toggle this parameter On to cause Ishmail to automatically add your signature to every outgoing message.

You can override this for an individual message by toggling the Append Signature button at the bottom of the Composition window.

Add delimiter before signature

Some mail tools always put a line containing two dash (minus sign) characters in front of the signature. The MIME standard does not include this convention, but it doesn't seem to preclude it either. By default, Ishmail does not do this but you can have this extra line added by toggling this parameter On.

Explicit help is available in the Help pull-down menu for each of the parameters that can be customized. From the Help pull-down menu, select the On Context function, then move the cursor over the item of interest and click the mouse.

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