When viewing an email message in Mu4e, HTML is converted to text using Emacs’ built-in html2text by default. The results aren’t always very readable. Fortunately there are other options.
The first thing I tried (since I’m on a Mac) was this:
(setq mu4e-html2text-command "textutil -stdin -format html -convert txt -stdout")
This converted things pretty well (and better than html2text) but it would lose all of the links and much of the text alignment was off.
I then read about
shr and changed my configuration like so:
(require 'mu4e-contrib) (setq mu4e-html2text-command 'mu4e-shr2text) (add-hook 'mu4e-view-mode-hook (lambda() ;; try to emulate some of the eww key-bindings (local-set-key (kbd "<tab>") 'shr-next-link) (local-set-key (kbd "<backtab>") 'shr-previous-link)))
This works very well. Most HTML emails are now nicely readable right in Emacs and the links are preserved. Plus, I can quickly jump to links by using the Tab key.
Of course I can still just press
a V to open any messages that really needs
to be seen as HTML right in my browser.