I have recently set-up my personal mail(gmail) for use through emacs, notmuch and gmailieer. For sending mails, I am relying on the inbuilt smtp mail package and the Message mode.

Earlier, when using the web interface I could set a font while composing the mail. Now, through emacs, when I send an email, it is received in some default variable width font. How do I make sure the mail is sent as fixed width?

Do I have to send a Html mail for that?

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If you have not specified anything, it will be the receiver's settings that matter, and that's as it should be. If you want to read your emails in a fixed width font, you should be able to set that; let others read them as they wish.

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    This is not a useful answer. Marking certain text regions as fixed-width makes it possible to send code in emails, tables, etc., that would otherwise show as garbled to recipients. OP's request is hence very sensible.
    – James
    Commented Oct 11, 2022 at 14:21

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