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Re: Stop it with putting your e-mail body in my MUA OT
Eric A. Hall <[email protected]> was seen to declaim: > Nobody is forcing anybody to adopt it. I think the point is people with non-compliant maillers delete mails with attachments and no body on sight... sometimes, in an automated rule. If you don't care that a percentage of your recipients don't ever get to see your missives (and/or think you are infected with some sort of virus) as long as those that use the same software as you do, then you are in good company - its how most web designers seem to feel about Internet Explorer and flash. > OTOH, complaining to people who use the spec about problems > with your own mailer is pretty dumb. As has already been pointed out, just because a standard exists is not a good reason to use it if there is a more backwards-complaint standard that does the same job - like clearsigning the message in the body. As an (extreme) counter-example, there are standards I would be compliant with if I had decided to start each paragraph with a pretty illuminated capital (using a gif image), change the font to a nice, bubbly font in ebcdic order (and include a AOT file for that) and then wrap the whole thing up in mime multipart/related so that a *compliant* reader could view it. however, I am fairly sure that would get me booted from the list *and* would be megabytes of unreadable garbage to most of the list (it is probably unreadable garbage now, but that is just their personal opinion of my emails :) Just because it is a standard, doesn't mean it is appropriate.