Stephen R. van den Berg writes [22 Jul 1994 15:57:41 BST]:
> 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
> 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?
There's a discussion of how to do this using MIME in Jerry Sweet's paper
on the MIME facilities in MH, "A Multi-Media E-Mail Tutorial With MH"
(available via anonymous ftp:
The example in section 4.2 shows how Marshall Rose builds a MIME
version of his newsletter, "The Simple Times", each copy being a
multipart/mixed document, with nested multiparts containing text/plain
parts for the title and contents. The example isn't a mail digest,
but could easily include a multipart/digest part. I've been thinking
on and off for a while now of distributing the UKTeX Digest and TeXhax
Digest in this form.
Cripps Computing Centre, University of Nottingham
(UKTeX Digest and TeXhax Digest editor/moderator)
mail: David .