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SubjectRe: MIME QP encoded good/bad ...
On Tue, Oct 03, 2000 at 09:51:18PM +0000, Miquel van Smoorenburg wrote:
> In article <20001003215533.A11669@mea-ext.zmailer.org>,
> Matti Aarnio <matti.aarnio@zmailer.org> wrote:
> > Yes Linus, ASCII is fine, but then the ENTIRE MESSAGE must be
> > in 7-bit ASCII only. A single 8-bit char anywhere makes worlds
> > of difference to the rules. (E.g. 8-bit char in .signature
> > may force QP encoding of the entire message.)
>
> So, what do you think of
>
> http://pobox.com/~djb/docs/8bit/06.txt
> http://pobox.com/~djb/docs/8bit/08.txt
>
> Mike "QP must die".

We Linux people ourselves are mainly UNIX users with fairly
high changes of "just-sent-8-bit" being successfull, but in
the corporate world there tends to be systems which take
various degrees of upset at that. Least of the wonders
being increasing number of EBCDIC systems appearing in the net.
(Most problems I encounter are with various LAN based email
environments which are hooked up to the Internet -- completely
incompatible systems. Those EBCDIC systems have good
modern software, no much problems from them.)

That you can flaunt the interoperability in your environment
does not mean that everybody can do it. I can't, for instance.

The whole QP problem will go away when everybody moves to
X.400 as their email environments. (and get new problems.)
(apply sarcasm in generous amounts.)

/Matti Aarnio
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