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Re: Character code sets and all that
>On Thu, 31 Jan 1991 20:23:40 GMT Neil Rickert said:
>>as to what is a line, and still be recognized. The ambiguities are not in
>>RFC1154. It is merely reflecting the ambiguities in the understanding of
>>the meaning of line over a broad range of systems.
>In my personal opinion, RFC1154 is completely brain-dead on this issue.
>(... much deletion)
It is a fact of life, no matter how much you dislike it, that there are
lots of IBM systems out there generating lots of mail, with a definition
of line which prohibits completely empty lines. They insist on at least
one blank, and sometimes of card image format with 80 blanks. You may
not like it, and I may not like it, but no mail transfer standard is ever
going to be widely accepted if it cannot handle BITNET mail from IBM hosts.