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Re: Intelligence in standards-based software

From: Chris Newman <cnewman@iplanet.com>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2001 10:58:42 -0700
To: ned.freed@mrochek.com, Pete Resnick <presnick@qualcomm.com>
Cc: discuss@apps.ietf.org
Message-id: <1504393.988973922@nifty-jr.west.sun.com>
--On Thursday, May 3, 2001 23:06 -0700 ned.freed@mrochek.com wrote:
> Given that the text in RFC 1766 about this approach has been dropped in
> RFC 3066 due to lack of interest on the part of implementors, I see no
> chance of adding it to MIME itself during a move from draft to full
> standard.

I concur.  However, I think the text in RFC 2046 could be clarified to 
reflect field experience with multipart/alternative better.  It's certainly 
helpful in practice for a multipart/alternative viewer to give the user the 
option to view the different alternatives.  Indeed, I frequently prefer the 
plain text 1st part to ransom-letter HTML in the 2nd part.

The bottom line is that a user's preference doesn't necessarily align with 
the order selected by the originating software.

		- Chris
Received on Friday, 4 May 2001 14:00:08 UTC

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