Marking up mail
Marking up email on the Web is not a pretty picture in 2008.
- Weaver daemon used by Gmane (seems complicated to setup)
- Hypermail (51k SLOC) used at suckless
- Hypermess (56k SLOC C) used by the W3C
- Mailman’s Pipermail used for Python mail archives (not a drop in replacement for hypermail or maintained according to upstream)
- MHonArc (280k SLOC of perl) used by Debian lists
- lurker (10k+ CPP) used by the free network group
- zest 1k of Python (looks like an interesting research project which I have not managed to get working yet…)
Notable mail archiving services:
- Google Groups for Usenet archives and much more, with a killer search feature
- The Mail Archive which uses MHonArc
- I think the thread view is the most important feature. Google’s approach to threading mail as a bunched up conversation works quite well, though I still prefer the tree threaded structure that mutt does so well.
- Mailman implements RFC2369, though the W3C doesn’t seem to support this, though it does use Archived-At: which is quite useful. Google doesn’t seem to employ archive links to HTML sadly.
- I am not fond of framed views that I’ve seen some mail archiving services provide.
- Has anyone really studied how a RFC2822 mail message should be marked up in HTML? 3.1. Formats of Archived Message does not address the problem.
Any other relevant RFCs, tools or tips I might have missed?