In SF #1385571, we changed mh-letter-mode so that it extended mail-mode instead of message-mode. In Emacs 23, the default mail-user-agent was switched to message-user-agent which uses message-mode and handles attachments and 8-bit characters. Perhaps we should change mh-letter-mode so that it extends message-mode instead. I think we'd have fewer key bindings to make as a result, and it may help out our 8bit friends.
There are two threads worth reading in preparation:
In particular, Eli makes a good comparison in this message:
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