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Re: 8-bit transmission in NNTP
- To: IETF Mail Extensions WG <ietf-822@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: 8-bit transmission in NNTP
- From: John Gardiner Myers <jgm+@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 13 Sep 1994 12:10:05 -0400 (EDT)
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"Theodore Ts'o" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I believe Keith's contention (feel free to correct me if I misunderstood
> you, Keith!) is that the NetNews servers which are deployed are all
> 8-bit clean.
Bnews is reportedly not 8-bit clean. Then again, Bnews botches a lot
of things. I don't know how many non-8bit clean systems are deployed,
nor do I know how many of them are non-leaf sites.
> That being said, my main problem with the "just send 8-bit" argument is
> that ties you to only one character set, and that's a bad thing....
Just-send-8 certainly is a bad thing. Character sets need to be
labeled. That effectively leaves "7-bit only" and "8-bit MIME".
There is no negotiated-transport-upgrade path in news like there is in
mail. Whatever transport restrictions exsist will be there forever.
There will be, for example, no way to send raw binary messages as
_.John G. Myers Internet: jgm+@CMU.EDU