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Subject: MIME digest format, contents and administrivia
From: berg @ pool . Informatik . RWTH-Aachen . DE (Stephen R. van den Berg)
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 1994 15:57:41 +0200
To: list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM

As far as I know, MIME digest format only caters for the individual
messages inside of it.
It doesn't really say what to do with a contents listing or an administrivia
paragraph.  Common sense suggests that you'd simply insert these between
the header and the first separator (according to the old de-facto digest
format).

However, experience shows that some MIME readers tend to throw away
this kind of out-of-band information.  They can't really be blamed because
the MIME rfc indeed says that it's an implementation issue if this information
is displayed or not.

What do you think is the best way to deal with this (from a digest-generator
point of view)?
1. Indeed stick the info between header and first separator.  Assuming that
   mail readers will improve and will soon be capable of displaying this
   information as well?
2. Create a pseudo message at the front of the digest and stick it in there?
3. Something else?

-- 
Sincerely,                                  berg @
 pool .
 informatik .
 rwth-aachen .
 de
           Stephen R. van den Berg (AKA BuGless).

"Good moaning!"


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