Re: my 2 cents worth

Michael D'Errico <Mike@software.com> Tue, 07 June 1994 19:31 UTC

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Subject: Re: my 2 cents worth
In-reply-to: Your message of "Mon, 06 Jun 1994 11:28:32 EDT." <Pine.3.89.9406061124.B12726-0100000@java.cc.mcgill.ca>
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 1994 12:22:53 -0700
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From: Michael D'Errico <Mike@software.com>
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Ian Duncan <id@cc.mcgill.ca>; wrote:
> There's a proposal to add a command, UIDL....
> What I'd suggest is a short tagged value using the MIME base-64 set to
> represent it....

I think that characters from Base64 are too restrictive.  Base64 exists
because of the need to gateway messages between different mail systems,
some of which have horrible constraints.  With POP, you have an 8-bit
connection between client and server to work with.  I think that Steve
Dorner's suggestion to limit the uid's to characters in the range 0x21
to 0x7e (printable 7-bit ASCII except space) is a good one.

Michael D'Errico
mike@software.com