[Mimedefang] base64 to quoted-printable

Michael Fox news at mefox.org
Thu Oct 12 02:54:20 EDT 2017

> -----Original Message-----
> If the old client that you are accommodating is running on (or even just
> displaying on) a reasonably modern OS, there's a strong chance that
> you'll actually do better for readability by using UTF-8 as the
> character set and "8bit" encoding instead of QP. Many (but not all)
> older mail clients don't really know MIME but do happily pass through
> all 8 bits of every byte to their output, whether it's a terminal driver
> or a GUI API.

Thanks Bill.

Unfortunately, it's an amateur radio BBS written in the 80s that only understands plain text.  It was pretty advanced in its time in that it uses SMTP internally.  But no MIME, no UTF-8, etc.  It's still extremely useful and widely used, especially in emergency comms, delivering mail over VHF radio where other connectivity isn't available.


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