A question for @thunderbird: do you have any plan to fight against AMP, the Google initiative to make email "dynamic" (read controllable from home / enabling tracking / "updating" content I don't want to be updated) and thus killing the main feature of email: being an immutable copy of stuffs people send me?
A feature of email is that my inbox is an immutable copy of everything I received no-one can change.
With email, I can prove I've been harassed, sent malware, wrong links, illegal orders by my employers, the date of an event I've missed because it was wrong and I'm innocent, etc.
With Google AMP, the sender will be able to "update" those emails and deny his mistake, hide proofs, fake the history.
This technology put people at risk.
At that point the best you can do is to have a client or script crawl through emails, and rewrite messages to hardcode any embedded remote content.
Emails have always been editable in such a fashion, but with plaintext you could rely on hashes and signatures not matching on altered content.
From what I understand AMP will only be an additional presentation of the message. The TXT and HTML versions will remain present and will be unchanged (https://github.com/ampproject/amphtml/blob/main/docs/spec/email/amp-email-structure.md)
So it will probably be enough not to use AMP at the email client level to get rid of it.
@calaad nope, because the actual content will be in the AMP part of the mail. The TXT/HTML part will only contain placeholders (ie "can't read this email? open this link").
It's already a problem with HTML email: when you open the TXT alternative you don't get the content but a link.
I'm not saying the standard disallow that. I'm saying people (well, companies) won't care about providing a legit TXT/HTML alternative for non-AMP client users. It's how Google plan to #EmbraceExtendAndExtinguish
Ok, I didn't know that the TXT version was now hidden at Google...
It is definitely time to leave the GAFAM for the management of your personal messages.
@lutindiscret "This is possible because the server retrieves fresh content from remote endpoints, keeping email up to date." Oh..
It raises so many questions....
Would the user knows that? It changes user experience and expectations of stability...
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