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Re: compressed content-transfer-encoding?

1999-08-01 08:06:54
dcrocker(_at_)brandenburg(_dot_)com (Dave Crocker)  wrote on 31.07.99 in 

At 07:28 AM 7/29/99 , Keith Moore wrote:
We already have a standard for sending compressed data in e-mail.
We have an IANA registered content-type application/zip.

application/zip is not a standard.

Just to beat this one into the ground:

It's also not a compression mechanism.

It does "bagging" of independent obkects, but does not compress the bits.

This turns out not to be the case.

The application/zip format typically compresses the contained objects with  
deflate. ("typically" because there are other algorithms of only historic  
significance, and also the option not to use compression; but it's been a  
long time since I last saw anything except deflate.)

Now, I certainly agree that this is a poor match with MIME, but the reason  
is that it uses a different, incompatible mechanism to describe the  
contained objects.

MfG Kai