[linux-elitists] IP: Microsoft breaks Mime specification (fwd)

Eugene Leitl Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Mon Jan 21 03:35:01 PST 2002

more fun for LEFs

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Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 06:32:04 -0500
From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
Reply-To: farber@cis.upenn.edu
To: ip-sub-1@majordomo.pobox.com
Subject: IP: Microsoft breaks Mime specification

>Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 11:25:45 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)
>From: Frode Greisen <Frode.Greisen@ebone.net>
>To: David Farber <farber@cis.upenn.edu>
>Using Pine as my mailer I found Microsoft XP outlook users could not read
>my attachments. We found this was due to a bug in Microsoft's Outlook XP
>mail user agent. Other non-MS mailers may have seen similar problems.
>As of this writing, Microsoft has acknowledged the bug but has not added
>it to the Knowledge Base. We have been told that there will be a
>post-SP1 hotfix for Outlook XP. This particular bug has bug fix number
>OfficeQFE:4781. The nature of the bug is that messages with attachments
>which contain a Content-ID header (which standard Pine attachments do)
>do not show the attachment indicator (a paperclip) when viewed with
>Outlook XP. So the user has no indication that the message contains an
>Pine has produced an option to remove the content-id header which is
>part of the Mime specification but which is probably not much used.
>The problem is that due to the Market share of Microsoft an error in a
>Microsoft program may force non-Microsoft users to make changes, and
>possibly also imply a loss of mail functionality.

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