MIME Resources

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Resources define the set of MIME types that exmh understands. Resources also define the font families used to display messages in various character sets.

This lists the Content-Types for which handler procedures are defined. Each of these has a corresponding mime_content/type resource that specifies the Tcl command used to display a part of that type. mimeUTypes is the parallel resource for users to add content types of their own. For example:
*mimeTypes: image/gif text/plain text/richtext text/enriched multipart/mixed \
        multipart/digest multipart/parallel multipart/alternative \
        application/octet-stream message/external-body message/rfc822 \

*mime_text/plain:               Mime_ShowText
*mime_text/richtext:            Mime_ShowRichText
*mime_text/enriched:            Mime_ShowRichText
*mime_multipart/mixed:          Mime_ShowMultipart
*mime_multipart/digest:         Mime_ShowMultipartDigest
*mime_multipart/parallel:       Mime_ShowMultipartParallel
*mime_multipart/alternative:    Mime_ShowMultipartAlternative
*mime_application/octet-stream: Mime_ShowApplicationOctet
*mime_message/external-body:    Mime_ShowMessageExternal
*mime_message/rfc822:           Mime_ShowRfc822
*mime_image:                    Mime_ShowImage
A font has a character set, an encoding for the characters. In a MIME Content-Type of text, the charset parameter defines the character set for the text. us-ascii is the basic ASCII charset; it lacks special characters used in many European languages. The iso-8859-1 character set has 8-bit characters and is used to encode accented and other special characters used in Latin-based languages. iso-8859-8 is used for Hebrew. iso-2022-jp is used for Kanji. You need a specialized version of the Tk toolkit to display Kanji. Each charset has two resources associated with it: the registry and the encoding. If you are familiar with X font names, you will recognize the registry and encoding as the last two components of a font specification.
*mimeCharsets: us-ascii iso-8859-1 iso-8859-8 iso-2022-jp
*mime_us-ascii_registry:        iso8859
*mime_us-ascii_encoding:        *
*mime_iso-8859-1_registry:      iso8859
*mime_iso-8859-1_encoding:      1
*mime_iso-8859-8_registry:      iso8859
*mime_iso-8859-8_encoding:      8
*mime_iso-2022-jp_registry:     iso8859
*mime_iso-2022-jp_encoding:     *
A font has a family that determines the basic look for the font -- for example, times or helvetica. Each of the family resources is a list of families that are tried, in order, to find a font supported by the X server. The plain family resource lists a set of font families used for ordinary text/plain messages.
*mime_us-ascii_plain_families:    fixed clean lucidatypewriter courier terminal
*mime_iso-8859-1_plain_families:  lucidatypewriter fixed courier terminal
*mime_iso-8859-8_plain_families:  fixed
*mime_iso-2022-jp_plain_families: fixed
The fixed families are used to display fixed-width fonts. "Fixed" is one of the types allowed by text/enriched contents.
*mime_us-ascii_fixed_families:    lucidatypewriter fixed clean courier terminal
*mime_iso-8859-1_fixed_families:  lucidatypewriter fixed courier terminal
*mime_iso-8859-8_fixed_families:  fixed
*mime_iso-2022-jp_fixed_families: fixed
The proportional families are used for text/enriched.
*mime_us-ascii_proportional_families:   times "new century schoolbook" \
                                        lucidabright charter lucida helvetica
*mime_iso-8859-1_proportional_families: times "new century schoolbook" \
                                        lucidabright charter lucida helvetica
The title families are used for menu and section titles.
*mime_us-ascii_title_families:   times "new century schoolbook" \
                                 lucidabright charter lucida helvetica
*mime_iso-8859-1_title_families: times "new century schoolbook" \
                                 lucidabright charter lucida helvetica
This resource lists the set of external access methods for message/external-body MIME parts. For each of these methods, a corresponding resource lists the Tcl command that handles the access method.
*mimeExtMethods:        local-file anon-ftp
*mime_local-file:       MimeLocalFileTransfer
*mime_anon-ftp:         MimeFTPTransfer

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(This section was written by Brent Welch.)
Last change $Date: 1996/06/06 15:11:42 $

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