On Mon, 15 Feb 1999 11:27:31 -0800 (PST)
John Mudge <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >Let's be fair here, it isn't just MS mail programs doing this although the
> >Exhange that ships with Win95 is a big culprit and has to be set each time a
> >user sends. Netscape will do html and so will Eudora.
> I agree that we do need to be fair and I suspect the reason I see
> it almost entirely from MS software is that the majority of people
> I get email from use those products.
> Please do educate me on how each can be set to prevent these
> things! As I understand you, many programs can be set once and
> retain your settings but Exchange cannot be so set?
> >It depends on how well
> >the user sets up the client and how well they use it. Just as the happy99.exe
> >gets spread by people that run anything that might hit their system they are
> >also the type to send html or MS proprietary formatted messages.
> I agree and think education is necessary but I first need to be
> educated before I can pass on the info! Is someone willing o
> educate me off-list? My idea is to have a text file on each of the
> common mail programs showing how to configure them to prevent this.
I think it would be of great value to have a text file describing how
to set up different mailers not to produce HTML, Mime enriched Text,
RTF and other formats. In the welcome message, it should be mentioned
that these kind of messages are unwanted/not allowed.
I have one resource which should describe these things (but I have
not checked it out). See
And while we are at educating mail users, you also should mention to
set the line wrap to something about 68 to 70 characters per line (I
think mime encoded mails wraps at column 68).
Some mails are really unreadable since the mail is one long line and
it certainly will caus troubles when you try to print these kind of
> >It would be nice if there was one single way to strip all this
> >stuff as it gets to be more and more of a problem.
> My goal is to do so in majordomo but I still need to learn more
> first! Any help in this area is also appreciated but probably
> should be off-list also.
If we can provide such a FAQ, I guess Dave Barr is willing to give a
pointer to it in his Majordomo FAQ. So Listowners can refer to this
FAQ in their welcome messages.
With best compliments
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