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Re: Implications of MIME for Transport

1992-04-15 21:52:33
From: Einar Stefferud <stef(_at_)nma(_dot_)com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 92 10:55:58 -0700

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Thsi whole idea of arbitrary MTA conversion between GIF and JPEG because
of some decision logic imbedded in some random RELAY-MTA just boggles my
mind.  Suppose the US Postal Service (or The Royal Mail) descided that
the bulk of paper was too great in some random package, and converted it
to microfiche for its own convenience!  And suppose it was the Dead Sea
Scolls!  Waht rubbish is this iead that any MTA might be intelligent
enough to make any such decision with out MUA autority!  HOGWASH!

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I agree with Stef. I dislike idea that an MTA can arbitrarily convert data 
different data formats that it thinks are equivalent.  Converting GIF to JPEG is
like converting PostScript to RichText.:) YUCK.  When I mail something I expect
it to arrive in the manner that I sent it.  I don't want MTA's mucking around 
my messages any more than they have to.  For me modification of the contents is
unacceptable; but, breaking a large message into pieces is fine.


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