formats, again

A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Thu Apr 22 21:31:23 UTC 1999

Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM wrote:
> Please don't use HTML or MIME "quoted-printable" format. I have replaced the
> special characters used for HTML and for MIME quoted-printable format so that
> you can see approximately how your post looks to many or most of us. If you
> don't know how to send plain ASCII text, ask your local guru or your ISP.
> -- Mark A. Mandel

Sorry, but MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, RFC 2045-2049) and
quoted-printable are the standard, and are often out of the control of the
user.  Email clients should handle MIME and quoted-printable without the
knowledge of the user.  Whether the list server can handle it is another story,
but I assure you that every message I send is reasonably MIME compliant, and if
there are 8-bit characters in the text, they are encoded as quoted-printable.

HTML, on the other hand, is well within user control.

The message you included (from Barry via Mehmet's id) looked better on my client
when it was originally sent.  That is, I only saw one of the MIME parts - the
text/plain section.

Incidentally, I had just finished composing an explanation of XML in HTML terms
when Netscape crashed and lost my carefully thought out treatise.  I just didn't
have the energy to reproduce it.  If folks are dying to know more, email me
privately and if there are several requests, I may attempt it again.

Andrea Vine
Sun Internet Mail Server i18n architect
avine at
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