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'PICLIST Digest - 7 Oct 1995 to 8 Oct 1995'
1995\10\09@104625 by David Baker

On Mon, 9 Oct 1995 00:00:30 -0400, "Automatic digest processor" <LISTSERV@MITVMA
.MIT.EDU> wrote:

> >> Content-transfer-encoding: base64
> > Uh, how about posting in a format that is useable?
> Base64 is emminently useable, portable, and standardized.  The SMTP
> protocol specifically limits itself to 7-bit ASCII data (see RFC 821).
> Without prior negotiation and agreement, the transfer of 8-bit binary
> data is prohibit.  If forced, it will cause interoperability problems.

Is there any need to send 8 bit data? This is a mailing list. We don't need
fancy fonts & flashing text, etc. I subscribe to this list as a digest &
there is no way I am going to cut & paste all this base64 stuff just so I
can have nice fonts added to a text message which has already been posted
in ASCII anyway.

BASE64 has it's place - sending binary files, not adding pretty bits to a
newslist. I have to pay a lot of money for my Internet connection from
Malaysia, so I am all for the smallest amount of data required to get the
information across. I am working in DOS & see no need for Windows to read
messages on this list. We are pic programmers aren't we? All trying to get
the tightest code into our limited resources? No need to bloat the code
with fancy trimmings :-)

Anyway, compared to the mass spamming by this magazine company, the base64
problem is very minor - I hope the list owner can get this sorted out, or I
am going to have to sit on the sidelines until then -  I can't afford to
download megabytes of junk every day.

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