Class MIMEContent() Professional
Class function of the MIMEContent class.
The MIMEContent class provides services for inspecting the contents of an e-mail when it is retrieved from a POP3 server via a POP3Client object. Therefore, MIMEContent objects are usually not created via the :new()method but are retrieved from a MIMEMessage object that represents the retrieved e-mail message. The general programming pattern for this is as follows:
The contents of a simple e-mail message contain simply the character string of the e-mail body, plus the content-type and the content-transfer-encoding used to encode the text. However, an e-mail may be comprised of multiple parts containing not only the text but also file attachments, for example. An e-mail is then transferred as a multi-part message, and each part may also contain multi-part content. Therefore, the contents of an e-mail message is always returned as an array of MIMEContent objects which must be inspected individually in order to obtain all parts of an e-mail message.
In case of multi-part messages, a content can be one of three types. If it contains binary information to be attached to the e-mail, then the contents is usually added as mixed type. An example for a binary attachment is an image or a file.
If the content type of an e-mail is "text/html", the html part may reference images that can be added as a related content type.
In case the content of an e-mail is of type "text/html", a content of type "text/plain" can be added as alternative content. This way, the mail can also be read by e-mail readers that cannot display html pages.
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