Didn't miss it at all. Read what I said: "e-mail should not be carrying
these characters around". As a pragmatic issue it happens, and control
characters in the mail stream is a possible explanation of blue italicized
text. If someone has a better one, or if the real cause is shown to be
something different, I would be genuinely interested in hearing it.
The "they" in "they don't like non-printable ascii" is a large group of
programs, each with its own characteristics. Some could probably care
less about control characters in the body; pine/pico don't seem to object.
They should not generate mail with control characters at all, no doubt.
Monitoring this list any time at all will show that there are plenty of
non compliant mailers. How did this one happen? Don't know.....
On Thu, 22 May 1997, Dale J. Chatham wrote:
> Michael Brennen wrote:
> > Standard ASCII includes the control character definitions. Agreed, e-mail
> > should not be carrying these characters around, but it happens all the
> > time. Have you never seen a bolded or colored footer in email on a VT100
> > terminal screen? I don't see them every day, but they aren't totally
> > unknown. I would suspect a control character or three is in the message
> > that is goofing up the display.
> I think you miss my point. What do the RFCs about the content
> of mail messages say? It seems to me that they don't like
> non-printable ascii.