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Emacs interface to the MH mail system

MH-E offers the functionality of MH, the visual orientation and simplicity of use of a GUI, and full integration with Emacs and XEmacs, including thorough configuration and online help. MH-E lets users read and process mail very quickly: many commands are single characters; completion and smart defaults are used for folder names and aliases. With MH-E you compose outgoing messages in Emacs. This is a big plus for Emacs users, but even non-Emacs users have been known to use MH-E after only learning the most basic cursor motion commands. Additional features include:

  • attractive text rendering with font lock
  • composition and display of MIME body parts
  • display of images and HTML within the Emacs frame
  • folder browsing with speedbar
  • threading
  • ticking messages
  • lightning-fast full-text indexed searches of all of your email
  • virtual folders to view ticked and unseen messages, search results
  • multiple personalities
  • signing and encrypting
  • spam filter interaction
  • XFace, Face, X-Image-URL header field support with picons

MH is Rand's Mail Handler, whose functionality is available in nmh and GNU mailutils.



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Kelly Hopkins

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26 January 2017

Leaders and contributors

Bill Wohler Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

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