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Subject: Re: Digest MIME types...
From: Tim Pierce <twp @ rootsweb . com>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 13:54:22 -0400
To: Charlie Summers <charlie @ lofcom . com>
Cc: James M Galvin <galvin @ acm . org>, List-Managers @ GreatCircle . COM
In-reply-to: <v0313030bb6f6388e7bcc@[24.104.7.158]>; from charlie@lofcom.com on Sun, Apr 08, 2001 at 12:24:57PM -0400
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On Sun, Apr 08, 2001 at 12:24:57PM -0400, Charlie Summers wrote:
> At 11:25 AM -0400 4/8/01, Tim Pierce is rumored to have typed:
> 
> > I'm
> > told that Netscape Mail also handles them nicely, with an option
> > to view all digest attachments inline or as separate messages.
> 
>    Would I be correct in this case that there are technically no attachments,
> but rather messages? (MIME parts? Subparts? I dunno...the termonology gives
> me a headache. Maybe it's just the cold...)

Tomato, tomahto.  A message is an attachment is a body part.  (Blame
Microsoft for the `attachment' terminology, I think.)

> > Therein lie the risks of hewing blindly to standards.  Just about
> > every specification is going to have holes in it, and some issues are
> > going to slip through the cracks.
> 
>    With respect, shouldn't the holes be patched and the projected standard
> changed to handle them, instead of allowing the confusion to continue?

Sure.  But what are you going to do until then?  You still need to get
the job done.




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