[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
[ccp4bb]: Mail & Mime (was attachments)
*** For details on how to be removed from this list visit the ***
*** CCP4 home page http://www.dl.ac.uk/CCP/CCP4/main.html ***
As a follow-up to my previous complaints about "attachments" I've
tracked down the immediate problem but I need someone who knows about
mail to explain it. It's probably nothing to do with attachments but
to do with MIME encoding.
I'm using XEmacs (actually vm) to read mail.
I took a message that came in from the ccp4bb as plain text and
compared it to one which insisted that I had to save it to a file
before I could read it, then tried mutating one into the other &
resending it to myself to track down the significant difference: this
turns out to be a single line in the header
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
which comes up as a plain text message in my mail-reader as normal
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=big5
which insists that I should save it to a file
What's going on? What is "big5" & where does it come from? (this was
taken from a message sent by Yu Wai Chen as it happens)
Luddite note: Email used to be simple, why has it got so complicated?