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From:  Paul Cowley
Date:  Sun May 24, 1998  4:01 pm
Subject:  Administrivia - Viewing Attachments. LONG

Good morning Folks.

The things we can do with e-mail are truly amazing. Many are
transparent - we do not need to do anything just open our mail. However,
the sending and receiving of attachments is dependant on many factors.
Since we are a diverse group, using different platforms (PC, Mac, Sun,
Solaris), different mailer programs (Netscape, Eudora, Pegasus, Pine,
Internet Explorer) and different versions of these programs, the
efficient use of attachments over a list is next to impossible.

Our lowest common factor is the ability to efficiently send and receive
ASCII Text (plain, vanilla words - the stuff we type from our
keyboards). Even this is not that common.

For example. I will now type the French word "garçon"

This word contains a character which does not normally appear on your
keyboard. Look closely at the word. The character after the "r" may
not appear properly on some of your screens.

Not everybody sees what the other person types. This "mismatch" in
capabilities of our mailer programs is compounded when we try to send
anything other than ASCII text.

What can we do about it?


DO NOT send attachments to the list address. I addressed this in a
previous Administrivia Posting.


Our List, SW-L is set up so that attachments can be sent via the list.
At your end, you must ensure that your mailer can receive attachments.
Here is the difficulty. You are using a variety of mailer programs. I
can't tell each of you how to configure your mailer. Here are some
general guidelines. Your mailer must be mime compliant (most new
mailers are. Make sure you have the most recent version of your mailer
program installed on your machine.


Ensure your mailer has been configured so that it knows what you want it
to do with the attachments it receives. There are a variety of things
the mailer can do. (view the attachment in line, save the attachment to
a separate folder for later viewing, launch another program to assist
you in viewing the attachment)

If you are unsure about any of this, may I suggest you use the help
files associated with your mailer program. Look for information under
these keywords; mime, attachments


The type of attachment that is sent affects the way your mailer will
deal with it. Graphics files (.jpg, .gif etc. like those found on the
SW web site) can be viewed as long as you have a graphics viewer
installed on your machine. The file which the SignWriting program
generates, if sent as an attachment can only be viewed if you have the
SignWriting program installed on your machine.


I have set up a simple test you can try to see what your mailer is
capable of. It is also a little self serving. If you want to play with
attachments, send me a private e-mail message with this Subject: "Send

I will send you a small graphics file (.jpg) a picture of myself. You
can then see exactly what your mailer currently does with attachments.
With any kind of luck you will be able to handle the attachment. If so
you will be able to send graphic attachments of SW and read the
content. If not, you will need to make some adjustments to the way your
mailer handles attachments.

Up thumb, Paul "List Co-Administrator, SW-L"

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