[Mailman-Users] Why are footers sent as attachments?

Carl Zwanzig cpz at tuunq.com
Mon Jan 30 17:55:52 CET 2006

In a flurry of recycled electrons, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

> Strictly speaking, this depends on the MUA, too.  In the message I'm
> replying to Gnus added no less than 16 clickable items, including
> everything in the footer (every line except the title "Mailman-Users
> mailing list").  It's a shame that major vendors concentrated on a
> misfeature that allows you to write
> <a href="http://www.spyware-hell.com/downloads/">
> www.tulips.org</a> has the best selection of garden photos!
> in email, instead of teaching their products to snarf URLs out of
> text/plain.

Strange enough, some versions of lookOut will make things that look
like URLs (and UNCs) clickable even in plain-text messages. At my 
office, only about a third of the users send HTML-format email, but
for the most part lookOut does the right thing.  (Now if I could get
them to stop sending multihundred K attachments to entire exchange
server lists... not my job, though)


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