[amsat-bb] ANS Bulletin Format Problem
zmetzing at pobox.com
Tue Oct 17 03:48:02 UTC 2017
On 10/16/17 21:16, JoAnne K9JKM wrote:
> All ANS bulletins are sent plain text. We can't control what end users
> are reading them with!
A slight clarification: they appear to be a base64-encoded MIME
payload. In the headers, we can see:
> User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101
> MIME-Version: 1.0
> Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"; Format="flowed"
Then, in the body, we see the base64-encoded message:
Since there is a base64 decoder involved in this decoding process, it
might be that some clients are getting it wrong. I have had no issue
viewing the ANS bulletins on Thunderbird, to be expected, Android K-9
mail, or mutt.
Now, I'm not entirely sure how Thunderbird decides when it should base64
encode the message, but I have my Preferences -> Composition -> General
-> Send Options -> (x) "Send messages as plain text if possible"
checked. I have verified that my messages are not base64 encoded.
If you truly want to send text-only messages, and this option is not
checked, you might try doing so. Then, send yourself an ANS bulletin and
use View -> Message Source to verify that the message body appears as
Hope that helps!
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