Problem posting to listserve

Gary Handman (
Thu, 7 Nov 2002 12:07:17 -0800 (PST)

Hello all:

I've continued to get perplexed and wistful messages from various
subscribers to the videolib and videonews lists regarding the receipt of
messages from the list that look like they're HTML encoded. I've asked UCB
Library's system mavens to explain--below is what they have to say. Blame
it on Bill Gates, I guess.


>Gary -
> I think I responded to this once before, but I'd forgotten the
>answer as well, so here goes.
> Microsoft mailers by default send all emails as multipart, with
>the first part being MS-DOS text and the second part being HTML. Listproc
>doesn't handle multipart messages well, specifically, it doesn't copy the
>headers identifying the email as multipart, or specifying the content type
>of the parts, correctly. The result is that the receiving mail client
>assumes that the email it is receiving is a single part, plain text
>message (note that it cannot even do the conversion from MS-DOS text to
>Unix text) and displays it accordingly.
> With some digging, I understand that it is possible to stop
>Microsoft products from making all messages multi-part. That is about the
>only thing that will help, apart from changing list server software.

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley