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Re: 7/8-bit conversion vs. bouncing

1991-07-02 13:22:36
Being `forced' to live with 7-bit only would not be a SHOW-STOPPER for
me.  I know full well that the 8-bit stuff can be encoded into 7-bit
text & it will work fine.  I've been doing this for a very long time
with things like kermit, uuencode and btoa/atob.  The current draft
message format simply gives a good framework for doing this in a useful
and controlled way.

Remember, however, that requiring 7-bit only is 33% more overhead when
doing binary enclosures.  This is a serious cost to be saddled with
because of some possibly backwards sites.  This overhead will result in
larger connect-charges to uunet, or requiring faster leased lines than
would be necessary otherwise.  Both media are quite capable of carrying
8-bit data so why should SMTP be limited to a greater extent? would, I suppose, be a bit more palatable if it
were 33% smaller :-).