Plain text posts please

Heather Williams heather at
Mon Feb 25 05:34:00 EST 2002

Dear all,

Given the numbers of new users we have on these lists now, I thought it
might not be a bad plan to make a list motherly type post. Some simple
guidelines to make this list a friendly, easy to read place for all.

You don't always need to quote every post in the thread you are replying to.
This is becoming a pretty high traffic list, so to keep the length of the
digest down, consider whether you really need to quote three pages of
prettily coloured nested text showing all the posts back to the week before
last in relation to the question.

If you quote the entire digest, along with a request to unsubscribe, I will
unsubscribe you promptly, but I will mutter unpleasant things under my
breath. Most such requests are automatically screened out by the list
software anyway, the proper way to unsubscribe is to use the webpage link,

or send me a request for help to the *admin* address at the head of every
digest. use-revolution-admin at

If you get the list in digest form and just hit reply, do try and change the
subject line to something relevant. People find it hard to follow a thread
that becomes mislabeled as "Re: digest no 6798"

 Please send your messages as plain text only. You should be aware that a
high proportion of members are on digest mode, and if you send your post as
html or other strange formatting you will be inflicting this type of
gibberish on a large number of readers (I picked a sample at random):

Content-Type: text/html;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<META http-equiv=3DContent-Type content=3D"text/html; =
<META content=3D"MSHTML 6.00.2713.1100" name=3DGENERATOR>
<BODY bgColor=3D#ffffff>
<DIV>Awesome find, MisterX! After a little testing and tweaking (the =
is not "MAC" but "Physical Address", and 'findstr' is not supported on =
Win 9x),=20
here's a replacement CROSS-PLATFORM function. Note that IPCONFIG.EXE =
exists only=20
on Windows 98 and higher (including XP), but if you can include =
your delivery (CD/download/etc.), you can run it on Windows 95 and it =
will work=20
just fine. (I don't know if Microsoft has an issue with distributing =
this... you=20
should check it out.</DIV>
<DIV> </DIV>
<DIV>function GetMACAddress<BR>  local retVal<BR>  switch (the =

platform)<BR>  case "MacOS"<BR>    set the directory =
specialFolderPath("apple")<BR>    put "tell application"=20
&& quote & "Apple System Profiler" & quote & cr =
<DIV>      "get appletalk address" & cr =
& "end=20
tell" into getMACScript<BR>    put "tell application" =
quote & "Apple System Profiler" & quote & cr & \</DIV>
<DIV>      "close window" && quote =
& "Apple=20
System Profiler" & quote & cr & "end tell" into=20
quitASPScript<BR>    <BR>    set the =
directory to=20
specialFolderPath("apple")<BR>    do getMACScript as=20
AppleScript<BR>    put the result into=20
retVal<BR>    do quitASPScript as=20
AppleScript<BR>    replace "{" with "" in=20
retVal<BR>    replace "}" with "" in =
retVal<BR>   =20
replace quote with "" in retVal<BR>    break<BR>  =
"Win32"<BR>    put (there is a file =
& "/IPCONFIG.EXE")) into winExists<BR>    put (there =
is a=20
file (specialFolderPath("system") & "/SYSTEM32/IPCONFIG.EXE")) into=20
sys32Exists<BR>    if winExists or sys32Exists=20
then<BR>      set the hideConsoleWindows to=20
true<BR>      put shell("ipconfig /all") into=20
temp<BR>      get matchText(temp,"Physical =
Address. . .=20
. . . . . . : ([A-Z0-9-]*)",retVal)<BR>   =20
else<BR>      return "IPCONFIG not=20
found"<BR>    end if<BR>    =
break<BR>  end=20
switch<BR>  return retVal<BR>end GetMACAddress</DIV>
<DIV> </DIV>
<DIV>Thanks, everyone!</DIV>
<DIV> </DIV>
<DIV>Ken Ray<BR>Sons of Thunder Software<BR>Email: <A=20
href=3D"mailto:kray at">kray at</A><BR>Web =
Site: <A=20

And finally, Play nice, children,


Heather Williams <heather at> <>
Runtime Revolution Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0) 131 7184333 Fax: +44 (0)1639 830707
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