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"setext" in MIME?

1993-12-22 10:38:42
it is not unusual to see messages which contain an encoding called
"setext". The idea of this encoding is to encode italics, bold face
and underscore in a way which looks neat also to recipients whose
mailers do not understand the encoding.

The principle is to write "**" before and after bold face text,
"~" before and after italics and "_" before and after underscored

Of course, if such a convention is used, there should be information
about this in the mail header, so that the recieving mailer knows
whether to interpret these codes or show them as they are to
the recipient.

Question 1: Is there an Internet standard in existence or in
development for setext or something similar?

Question 2: Is there a defined way to indicate in the Mime
header fields of a message that the message uses such an

Jacob Palme                  E-mail: dsv-jp(_at_)dsv(_dot_)su(_dot_)se
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