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st: RE: Re: Winmail.dat


From   "Nick Winter" <nwinter@policystudies.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Re: Winmail.dat
Date   Thu, 31 Oct 2002 10:39:42 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Uslaner [mailto:EUSLANER@gvpt.umd.edu] 
> Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 10:35 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: Re: Winmail.dat
> 
> 
> Rodrigo Briceņo had a winmail.dat file attached to his posting to this
> list.  There is a pretty firm policy against it and it causes 
> many of us
> problems.  For me, if STATALIST is long, my e-mail client 
> will only let
> me read the whole posting (I get STATALIST as a DIGEST) as an
> attachment.  When there is a winmail attachment, I can't read the
> original file as an attachment.  So out there, when you forget to
> disable the winmail attachments, you are making life very 
> difficult for
> some of us.
> Perhaps there should be a filter that would exclude such messages from
> being posted.  Marcelo, can we think of this?

There has been quite a bit of periodic discussion of this on the list.  I leave it to Marcelo to respond about the prospects of filtering attachments.  I think that would be a fabulous solution, if possible.

But I'll say from my own experience that it can be *extremely* hard to get MS Outlook not to send in rich text format (which is what triggers the attachment of winmail.dat).

The only semi-reliable solution I have found is that when I *reply* to a Statalist posting, my outlook will not attach winmail.dat, but (at least sometimes) when I compose a new message, no matter how many ways I try to tell Outlook to send it as plain text, it often ignores my pleas.

So others with winmail problems might try that.  (When I'm sending a new post, I just reply to an arbitrary old post, change the subject line, and delete the entire old message.  Stupid but effective.)

Nick Winter
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