On 1/4/2016 8:39 AM, Jacob Palme wrote:
On 3 jan 2016, at 00.05, Murray S. Kucherawy wrote:
What other uses of "--" on a line by itself are there? The only thing I can
think of is ASCII art.
I have used "--" to separate sections in a longer plain text document. I
have learned to not use it in that way in mail messages, and use "=="
instead of "--".
That will still get you in trouble. Overall, when you begin to depend
on such ideas, you need ways to escape it as well.
But it is a simple mistake to make if you are not aware of its special
meaning in mail messages.
IMO, there is no "special meaning." The idea of a 'Signature" may be
traditionally at the bottom, but there is no real hard core rule you
(a mail processor) can rely on.
The MUA software does not use normally this. It is the USER with his
optional signature fields and thats just added straight to the bottom.
The same software COULD check if the same block was already added
but I don't believe it will add "-- " for you, well, at least my TBird
doesn't. I noticed that TBIRD can not tell the difference between
the signature fields when you change your "From: " field in the MUA,
so you have to clean that up yourself.
Which probably many mail users are, everyone is not an expert on mail protocols,
as we who subscribe to this mailinglist are.
Right, outside the tech forums, you generally don't see this in the
user market unless the MUA has direct support for this where it works
off a "standard delimiter" of some sort.
We had such logics in older Fidonet/QWK readers. When we began to use
RFC based formats, it felt like we began to deprecate the idea. It
wasn't a big thing anymore because the body text can have anything.
The then "new" Internet Format brought on a new Democracy of mail
where it can have anything. I was more concerned with transport
related network control lines. The signature is not a network or
mail control Line. Offhand, I would not classify it as such.
I guess the point is unlike MIME block where we have distinct line
delimiting logic to separate blocks of text lines with border lines,
etc, we don't have such a thing for signatures. What would be the
rules? Is there a MIME type for signatures? Are there limits (length
of line, # of lines) in what junk people can add? Look at the extra
stuff a few of the IETF guys add.
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