Posted Jun 17, 2004 14:02 UTC (Thu) by corbet
In reply to: IMAP
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's guide to mail clients: introduction
IMAP does look like it will be a part of the eventual solution. It achieves a nice separation between the storage and presentation levels, and makes it easier to use a wide variety of mail clients.
What IMAP doesn't do, by itself, is provide the flexibility of the low-level MH interface. While MH makes it easy, for example, to write shell scripts which do interesting things with messages and folders, IMAP servers have a tendency to lock up mail inside a black box. At that point you are back to the "you can only do what the mail client developer could imagine" mode.
One of the upcoming articles, anyway, will likely be a look at IMAP servers. There's a bunch of them out there and choosing the right one is not always straightforward.
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