a library that identifies quoted text in email messages
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A library that identifies quoted text in plain text and HTML email messages. quotequail has no mandatory dependencies, however using HTML methods require libxml.

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quotequail comes with the functions listed below which are documented in detail in quotequail's __init__.py.

  • quote(text): Takes a plain text message as an argument, returns a list of tuples. The first argument of the tuple denotes whether the text should be expanded by default. The second argument is the unmodified corresponding text.
  • quote_html(html): Like quote(), but takes an HTML message as an argument.
  • unwrap(text): If the passed text is the text body of a forwarded message, a reply, or contains quoted text, a dictionary is returned, containing the type (reply/forward/quote), the text at the top/bottom of the wrapped message, any parsed headers, and the text of the wrapped message.
  • unwrap_html(text): Like unwrap(), but takes an HTML message as an argument.


In [1]: import quotequail

In [2]: quotequail.quote("""Hello world.

On 2012-10-16 at 17:02 , Someone <someone@example.com> wrote:

> Some quoted text
[(True, 'Hello world.\n\nOn 2012-10-16 at 17:02 , Someone <someone@example.com> wrote:'),
 (False, '\n> Some quoted text\n')]

In [3]: quotequail.unwrap("""Hello

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Some One" <some.one@example.com>
> Date: 1. August 2011 23:28:15 GMT-07:00
> To: "Other Person" <other@example.com>
> Subject: AW: AW: Some subject
> Original text

Text bottom
{'date': '1. August 2011 23:28:15 GMT-07:00',
 'from': '"Some One" <some.one@example.com>',
 'subject': 'AW: AW: Some subject',
 'text': 'Original text',
 'text_bottom': 'Text bottom',
 'text_top': 'Hello',
 'to': '"Other Person" <other@example.com>',
 'type': 'forward'}