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    Attachments & Graphics [was] Re: Lunar Distances
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2002 Feb 5, 12:04 -0500

    < My mailer will automatically recognize attachments encoded in MIME,
    UUEncode, and BinHex. >
    BinHex is nornmally understood and used only by Macs, although some more
    recent Wintel software can deal with it now that is still the exception to
    the rule.
    There is also a defacto "war" between MIME and UUEncode since AOL seems to
    user the latter exclusively while "real" Wintel email clients (including the
    ones from MS) seem to default to the latter.
    The usual web browsers cannot handle TIFF, which is the standard for
    cross-platform bitmap graphics on Wintel and Mac. They handle GIF and TIF
    (aka TIFF) and some now support PING as well.
    All of which is moot on the list itself...messages to list servers aren't
    supposed to carry attachments, and shouldn't be encoded (MIME, UUEncode) if
    they only contain 7-but text. The encoding formats are used by all email
    software in order to send binary materials (programs) over the internet,
    which was originally designed only to carry 7-bit text data and sometimes
    still can't carry unencoded 8-bit data.

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