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st: Re: statalist-digest V4 #1014


From   baum <baum@bc.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Re: statalist-digest V4 #1014
Date   Sat, 21 Sep 2002 09:31:53 -0400

--On Saturday, September 21, 2002 2:33 -0400 Hakon wrote:

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 16:59:01 +0200
From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Finne_H=E5kon?= <Hakon.Finne@sintef.no>
Subject: st: RE: Huh?

The ASCII code for the equal sign = is 3D in hexadecimal notation. I guess
that minor incompatibilities between various e-mail software packages have
resulted in the author's = becoming the reader's =3D and similarly ==
becoming =3D=3D . Conclusion: readers should disregard 3D.

- --Håkon
hakon.finne@sintef.no
I am aware of that; my email reader (Mulberry) has no problem with ASCII text properly encoded. As a glance at
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/lwgate/STATALIST/archives/statalist.020
9/date/article-345.html
will show, the problem is in the sender's encoding of the message.
A corollary would be that readers are likely to disregard entire messages that are corrupted by various flavo(u)rs of non-alphanumeric materials. Despite all exhortations in the Statalist FAQ, there continue to be a number of postings that contain 'vCards', 'winmail.vcf', HTML translations of the message, and in one recent case an entire message that was presented only in HTML, making it essentially unreadable in an ASCII email reader. I realise (from the frustrations expressed by some list authors who have tried and failed to disable 'winmail', 'vCards', etc. when tied to Microsoft email clients) that it may be difficult to comply with the Statalist FAQ, but I would urge authors to try to do so. The extraneous crud clutters up and lengthens the messages and makes the archives less usable by those seeking help.

Thanks
Kit
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Christopher F Baum, Boston College Economics, Chestnut Hill MA 02467 USA
baum@bc.edu http://fmwww.bc.edu/ec-v/baum.fac.html
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