[OT] What are the MIME rules for email attachments

James.Cass at sealedair.com James.Cass at sealedair.com
Mon Sep 27 17:17:18 EDT 2004

Richard -

We have the same problem with Notes trying to "help us out" (read, 
"bit-mangle") with attachments.  The best thing I know to do is to 
ZIP/Stuff the file before it's attached.  Self-extracting would be the 
safest, but will add to the file size a bit.


Richard Gaskin <ambassador at fourthworld.com>
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        Subject:        [OT] What are the MIME rules for email attachments

I have a client for whom I've made an app that saves its data in text
files.  The data is plain text but has a specific structure and I need
to keep it intact when it's sent via email.

What we're finding is that a lot of email clients will copy text
attachments into the body of the email.  Why?  How do we tell
Outlook/Eudora/Hotmail/Mozilla to leave the attachment as an attachment
as the user specified?

Damn, these emails packages are trying to be too smart for their own
good.  Is there a rule somewhere that if you're writing an email client
the widely-published specs for such things don't apply to you? ;)

Richard Gaskin
Fourth World Media Corporation
Ambassador at FourthWorld.com       http://www.FourthWorld.com

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