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Re: Text

1998-10-24 13:17:55
At 1998-10-23 09:47, Laurence Lundblade wrote:

So I don't think there's anything wrong with perusing and registering it 
even as text/paragraph, but I would like to see text saying that it has 
been found unsuitable for on-the-wire e-mail use and suggest format=flowed 

I'm hesitant to suggest format=flowed while that still has draft status, 
but otherwise I agree. Perhaps something like:

     Owing to the behaviour of existing mail user agents, which 
     frequently treat even unrecognised subtypes of text as 
     attachments, text/paragraph SHOULD NOT be used as a main body 
     part in news or e-mail messages without prior indications of 
     suitability from the recipients.

...the idea being that at some point people may wish to include an 
indication of the MIME-capability of their mail UA along with their 
e-mail address and PGP public key...

In general, using MIME typing for lots of other applications, internal 
representations, etc seems like a good idea to me.

This seems to be the way things are heading. I personally would like to 
see MIME content-type headers used by file-systems, a system superior for 
various reasons to the 'magic number', filename-extension and MacOS 
4-byte code systems.

Ashley Yakeley, Seattle WA

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