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Subject: Re: Exchange
From: Mark J Bradakis <mjb @ cs . utah . edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 12:15:01 -0600 (MDT)
To: Majordomo-Users @ GreatCircle . COM
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A while back (months, years?) someone on this list provided the following.
Unfortunately, I've lost the reference as to the original author.


A common problem seen on mailing lists is email posted with control characters,
binary attachments, strange non-ASCII formatting, etc. These problems are
commonly caused because Microsoft in particular has some bizarre ideas about
what the defaults of their email clients should be (e.g. sending email with
HTML tags). Below is information on how you might be able to configure some
of the more popular email clients to be able to send email as normal ASCII

Outlook 97: Under Tools/Services/Internet Mail/Properties/Message Format:
    Make sure the checkbox for "Use MIME when sending message" is not checked.
    Under "Character Set", select US ASCII.

Outlook 98: Under Tools/Options/Mail Format:
    For Message Format, change "Send in this message formet" to "Plain Text".
    Under "Signature," do not attach a vCard.

Netscape 4: Under Edit/Preferences/Mail&Groups/Messages:
    Make sure that the checkbox for "By Default, send HTML messages" is not

Netscape 4: Under Edit/Preferences/Mail&Groups/Identity:
    Make sure that the checkbox for "Always attach Address Book Card to
  messages" is not checked.

Microsoft Exchange: The following is from
    A good way to piss people off on the Internet is to repeatedly fill their
    mailbox with the useless WINMAIL.DAT attachments that Microsoft Exchange
    insists on including. Since Exchange supports rich-text email (bold,
    italic, multiple fonts, etc.), and Internet email doesn't, any email sent
    from Exchange to a non-Exchange mail reader will contain an Attachment
    called WINMAIL.DAT. If you use Exchange, you won't see this file, and the
    message will retain its formatting. However, it can be confusing for those
    who don't use Exchange (the majority of the Internet population), and
    have no use for this file. Here's how to turn it off:

    Step #1:
          Double-click on the Mail and Fax icon in Control Panel.
          Click on the Services tab, and select Internet Mail from the list. If
        Internet Mail is not listed, click Add to add this service.
          Click Properties, and then Message Format.
          Turn off the option that reads Use MIME when sending messages.
          Click OK and then OK again.

    Step #2:
          Double-click on the name of each recipient in your Address Book.
          Turn off the option that reads Always send to this recipient in
        Microsoft rich-text format.
          This option needs to be set for each recipient of a message - if
        even one has this turned on, all recipients will still get the

Microsoft Exchange: The following is from
    Let me guess; You've figured out how to turn off Rich Text in Exchange so
    you can send email to anyone on the Internet without the useless
    WINMAIL.DAT file, but now Exchange has put an equals sign "=" at the end
    of each line. To fix this bug in Exchange, do the following:

       Open the Internet Mail Properties window, and click on the General tab.
       Select Message Format, and then Character Set.
       Change the character set from ISO-8859-2 to US ASCII.

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