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That would be this hint on how to force Apple Mail.app to display messages in plain-text. Even those annoying messages from the assistant who insists on using an image as background for the message. And forcing plain-text also forces re-wrapping of HTML messages with lines that are too long for Mail’s window.

The only drawback is that there are certain messages that I don’t mind getting in HTML, but it seems to be an all-or-nothing thing. What I’d really like is a set of well-crafted rules: if mail is from person X, then force plain-text. Unfortunately, Mail allows for the “if” part of the statement, but not the “then”; you can flag, or mark as read, or move to a folder, or delete messages that qualify under some if-statement, but you can’t force plain-text upon them, alas…

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