> My readers rejected that response -- I tried it. They didn't care why
> it didn't "work", they barely even knew the name of the program they
> used to read mail (from what I could tell, it was mostly Pine, Elm,
> and Eudora. They didn't want to fiddle with anything on their end,
> they just wanted a simple easy to read digest.
Elm hands anything besides standard text/plain off to metamail. metamail's
interface leaves a lot to be desired, especially when it comes to digests.
I'm not familar with Pine, but Eurdora users shouldn't have had a problem; it
simply displays it inline with a seperator bar, as far as I recall.
An intelligent way to handle digests, MIME or otherwise, is to seperate them
somehow, and to allow one to either respond back to the list address, or to
respond to the individual of that individual article.
> > The biggest advantage of MIME digests over "normal" digests is that MIME
> > digests can contain MIME documents.
> So can regular digests. One of my testers tried sending a short
> binary in mime format to the list (after I removed the mime headers
> from the overall digest). Two Eudora users reported that their
> readers automatically handled it.
How was the binary encoded? Base-64, as MIME dictates, or BinHex or
uuencoding? I know Eudora is smart enough to notice BinHex or (in the
commercial version) uuencoding in the midddle of a message, but it won't pick
up a MIME message encoded that way. Nor will it properly deal with
quoted-printable, character sets other than US-ASCII, or anything else realy
MIME'ish. I know one of the biggest frustrations for me is when people send
quoted-printable to a LISTSERV list that I get as a digest.
> Nah, I have no plans to offer a MIME option. Not one single reader
> wanted it and most hated it. If they want it all they have to do is
Hopefully this will change with time as more intelligent MUAs come out. It's
a chicken and egg problem. MUAs won't improve MIME digest handling because
there aren't many MIME digests, and there aren't many MIME digests because
readers don't handle them well.