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st: Re: statalist-digest V4 #1014
--On Saturday, September 21, 2002 2:33 -0400 Hakon wrote:
I am aware of that; my email reader (Mulberry) has no problem with ASCII
text properly encoded. As a glance at
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.
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.
Christopher F Baum, Boston College Economics, Chestnut Hill MA 02467 USA
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