Re: history of using a comment for display-name?

Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU> Mon, 12 March 2001 13:32 UTC

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From: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
To: Dave Crocker <dcrocker@brandenburg.com>
cc: Sam Roberts <sroberts@uniserve.com>, drums@cs.utk.edu
Subject: Re: history of using a comment for display-name?
In-reply-to: Your message of "Mon, 12 Mar 2001 07:45:17 +1100." <5.1.0.10.2.20010312074426.0262f020@brandenburg.com>
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    Date:        Mon, 12 Mar 2001 07:45:17 +1100
    From:        Dave Crocker <dcrocker@brandenburg.com>
    Message-ID:  <5.1.0.10.2.20010312074426.0262f020@brandenburg.com>

  | I believe that sendmail started the practise of doing address (name).

Definitely not sendmail, it predates that (perhaps delivermail, its
predecessor, but I suspect it may predate that as well).

It turns out to be much easier to use the comment form, inside a
comment, almost anything is legal, there isn't much need to syntax
check what is there.   In a phrase, there are quite strict syntax
requirements, anything else needs to be quoted.  The quotes can look
ugly (and more so when they only apply to some people's names, not
everyone's).

kre