NBC: Why do some member's posts contain formatting characters, garbled text, etc.?

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Sat Aug 30 11:15:31 EDT 2008

Eric Paul-Hus wrote:

> The above is a very inaccurate and short-circuited explanation the intricate
> details can be found by researching "sendmail" behavior for non-US code
> pages and MIME/RTF translation to plain text ...

Yep, it's all clear as mud and gets murkier the further a person looks 
into the problem. That's one of the reasons I never looked into it too 
far, I have enough murk in my life! Its enough to give the geekiest of 
us a headache.

The short answer for the original post is that there is no short answer 
or solution. Problems in text formatting generally seem to come from the 
faulty translation of the text from one language or encoding method to 
another. This can be compounded by the listserv program that runs 
Blues-L though it is the best and most standards & protocol compliant 
program of its type.
Keep on keepin' on ...

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