TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: =20 From:Nancy this-address-is-valid McGough <nm -at- NOADSPLEASE -dot- II -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 9 Dec 1998 15:27:02 -0500
On Wed, 9 Dec 1998, I wrote:
> If we were all using mailers that understood how to send and
> receive MIME messages, we'd never see "=20" at the end of a line.
I should have also said: And if our messages passed through
gateways that do not strip MIME headers. All the messages I've
sent to this list were Bcc'd to another account of mine and those
copies arrived with their MIME headers, i.e.:
But, the copies of my messages that I got via the list had the
MIME headers stripped out. Then I started looking through
messages in the list and found messages that started out with
blurbs like this:
This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not understand
this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.
My mailer, Pine, understands MIME very well so this message,
along with all the quoted-printable encodings I see on this list
raised my suspicions. Of the 742 messages I have archived from
this list, NONE of them have the Content-Transfer-Encoding
header. Some of them have this "header" in the body of the text,
but none of them have it in the actual header. My guess is that
the mailing list management software for this list is stripping
MIME headers and thus making it impossible for MIME-aware mailers
to decode the messages and present them without those ugly =XX
characters. It would be great if this could be fixed...
Nancy McGough http://www.ii.com/ Infinite Ink
--= Posted via PINE: Power Internet News & Email for Win/Unix =--