[svlug] Email length
marc_news at valinux.com
Mon May 15 11:53:27 PDT 2000
On lun, mai 15, 2000 at 09:44:21 -0700, Robert Mayssat wrote:
> It states a MIME standard. A poorly written MUA can not be MIME complient.
> What I understand is that a well written MUA should support at least
> 997 char/line.
The RFC doesn't even state SHOULD, but it doesn't really matter anyway since
MUAs that don't cut lines will go beyond 997 chars. In other words, that
paragraph is too vague and really doesn't belong in an RFC
> ALso a standard that says "press enter every 76 char" is obviously not
> user friendly. You may say, you can do it by filtering your outgoing
The last time I had to press enter every 76 chars is about 7 years ago when
I had no idea how vi worked.
After I found out about tw=76, it took another 6 months or so before I found
out about par(1) to reformat paragraphs that I edited (otherwise I had to
hand cut the lines after changing their length)
My point is that it's the MUA's job to cut the lines for you (or your editor
if your MUA gives you the option to use an external editor)
> A better way to enforce 76 char/line would be to configure the MTA
> ( mail server ) to do the job.
When I paste a config file or code or whatever, I may need to have lines
longer than 80char/line. I certainly would not like the MTA to cut them for
> 4 lines signature ... I think I remember this convention ( elm ? ) but AFAIR
What does this have to do with elm?
> this convention was used not to clutter the true content of the email.
> It means " be nice with the readers ", but it is truly up to the sender.
Isn't any convention up to the sender?
This tag isn't SGML compliant.
> | https//vaweb.valinux.com/~emayssat Desk # : 408/542-8759 |
Your URL is missing the trailing slash and causes a needless http redirect,
and it also is not of any use to anyone outside VA since it requires a
You can configure a good MUA to change your signature depending on who the
La culture, c'est comme la confiture...
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