Re: Re: checking..
By: Nick Andre to Mark Lewis on Tue Feb 04 2020 08:51:04
you're not the first one to do that... many FTN coders have done the same
thing... some even put ^A with AREA as well so software has to detect both, AREA: and ^AAREA:...
Oh wise one, at first I did not believe this, until I quickly checked the
D'Bridge tosser code. And yes, it checks both.
Since that code was unchanged since the verrrrrry early 90's, maybe even
late 80's, I'm guessing the introduction of AREA was not straightforward.
i remember reading about some messages going missing... research turned up that
some tossers were using ^AAREA which was throwing some tossers off... i don't remember if those messages were being deleted or if some tosser were putting them in the netmail area since they didn't find an AREA line... since then, yeah, all tossers look for both formats and that need was also documented in an
FTS-0004 doesn't mention ^A in relation to the AREA line...
(written in 1992) has a nice paragraph about it...
Required control information:
AREA: An AREA tag is what makes the difference between netmail and
echomail. The AREA line must be the first line in an echomail message's
body. An AREA line's format is simply:
The AREA tag is specifically _not_ preceded by a ^a. It might be a good
idea for an application to allow for but not produce AREA tags with ^a prefixes.
there is another document i remember that is mainly about things discovered when processing mail and how to deal with them... more of an informal "here's what was found and how to handle it" type thing... i can't find it real quickly
though... not that it matters but yeah ;)
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