pgp/mime vs in-line pgp

Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder avbidder at
Wed Apr 14 09:38:09 CEST 2004

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On Tuesday 13 April 2004 23.46, Graham wrote:
> On Tuesday 13 Apr 2004 9:22 pm, Atom 'Smasher' wrote:
> [snipped]
> > anyway, what if gpg supported quoted-printable input? how much of
> > the problem would that solve?
> GPG is not required to support quoted-printable (as in RFC2045), nor
> PGP/MIME (as in RFC3156): its a function of the MTA to support these.

You mean MUA. The only requirement on a MTA by PGP is that it should be 
able to transport byte-for-byte copies of ascii messages.

Unfortunately, this is an area where many MTA have failed in the past 
(and some still do), and especially when we leave ascii and enter 8-bit 
land this is sometimes still a problem.

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