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Recursively-encoded message

1991-08-16 09:29:18
I have one comment to make on our ability to determine whether the e-mail
of the future is ever recursively-encoded.

We can't.

We can outlaw it, but we are building a spec which allows one to put
an arbitrary file into a part of a message.  People will do this to
mail files.  Gateways will be programmed to do it too.

We can outlaw it but it will happen just the same.  A lot.
Some UAs will be able to handle it smoothly.  Others will not.
Perhaps if someone were to generate effective propaganda
(e.g. UA & gateway implementation guides that developers actually
acquire and follow) the problem can be reduced somewhat.

John Wobus
Syracuse University

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