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7-Bit OBSOLETE? yes, has always been

In article <1996Sep1722.32.20.14783@koobera.math.uic.edu>,
D. J. Bernstein <djb@koobera.math.uic.edu> wrote:
>Q-P conversion will cause damage if the recipient doesn't grok MIME.

This is particularly insidious in the UK, where ISO-8859-1 support is
near-universal, but the only 8bit character we actually use very often
is £ (pound sign).  The quoted-printable encoding of £ is `=A3'.

A reader that doesn't have quoted-printable support will often see
messages which read perfectly naturally... except that references to
sums of money appear to be way too large, and in a bizarre currency.

Tim.
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Cambridge, UK | of truth and wisdom." -- Richard Kettlewell

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From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: comp.mail.misc
Subject: Re: 7-Bit OBSOLETE? yes, has always been
Date: 18 Sep 1996 16:14:30 GMT
Organization: UUNET PIPEX
Message-ID: <51p756$k96@wave.news.pipex.net>
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