[amsat-bb] ANS Bulletin Format Problem

JoAnne K9JKM k9jkm at comcast.net
Tue Oct 17 13:11:37 UTC 2017

Hi Zach,

Thanks for your input. I made the recommended changes. The test I ran 
does indeed show the ascii text in the message source instead of a bunch 
of jammed together character strings that remind me of satellite telemetry.

On a side note - the news content editors don't have the keys to the 
server room where the box running Mailman resides. I've heard we'd need 
to be careful about tweaking global settings ... at the risk of wrongly 
formatted  messages for all users. But I'm willing try a few tweaks 
external to the server (aka my copy of Thunderbird) to see if we can 
improve the readability problem.

On 10/16/2017 10:48 PM, Zach Metzinger wrote:
> 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!
> Hello JoAnne,
> A slight clarification: they appear to be a base64-encoded MIME[1] 
> payload. In the headers, we can see:
>> User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101
>>     Thunderbird/52.4.0
>> 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:
>> aW5zIGFyZSBhIGZyZWUsIHdlZWtseSBuZXdzIGFuZCBpbmZvci0KbWF0aW9uIHNlcnZpY2Ugb2Yg 
>> QU1TQVQgTm9ydGggQW1lcmljYSwgVGhlIFJhZGlvIEFtYXRldXIgU2F0ZWxsaXRlCkNvcnBvcmF0 

73 de JoAnne K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat.org

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