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Re: question about content transfer encodings

1992-05-14 12:57:52
That's a very interesting question.  I think that the spec isn't very
explicit, but the rule about nested encodings gives a good clue:  You're
not allowed to have any C-T-E on multipart/* or message/* unless it is
"7bit" "8bit" or "binary" -- and these three are basically synonyms for
"none".  (That is, there's no encoding, but the C-T-E header makes a
statement about the assumed underlying transport system.)  If you think
of these three as being "none", then the answer to your question is
trivial -- there are no nested or inherited encodings, period, and the
"none" synonyms are just ignored.  

Does that make sense?  Does it help?

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