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st: RE: Re: Winmail.dat
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Uslaner [mailto:EUSLANER@gvpt.umd.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 10:35 AM
> To: email@example.com
> 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.)
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