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Re: Leer quoten RFC


Joost van Baal wrote:
:-( > On Thu, Feb 14, 2002 at 11:52:38PM +0100, jip wrote:
:-( > > 
:-( > > Is there a RFC on how to quote email and news messages ?
:-( > 
:-( > Most of this is 'unwritten law', I believe. Of course, there are
:-( > personal "rants" like http://www.leerquoten.org/ ,
:-( > http://www.gweep.ca/~edmonds/usenet/ml-etiquette.html and
:-( > http://learn.to/edit_messages/ .

Isn't this strange ?

I was searching for information for a mailinglist I moderate and I found
a lot of documents which contradict eachother. rfc1855 Says that the
length of a line should be fewer then 65. But more famous in everyday
use is the 72 limit. More importand is the contradiction on the quoting
character. Most say it must be '> '. Others debate the use of the space
behind the >-sign or the use of '| '. Some even say that it doesn't
matter at all (Eeeks!).

The ml-ettiquette has some good information on how to reply but it
doesn't say anything about the quoting character and it is foccused only
on mailnglists. Leerquoten ( http://leerquoten.monster.org/ ) and
http://www.houghi.org/quote/ are good but foccussed on newsgroups.

I believe the world would be a better place if there were an RFC on how
to quote general text messages which supliments rfc1855. This RFC should
not be foccused on a specific medium (email, maillinglists, news). And
it should not be too technical so that this RFC can be used to inform

What do you think ? Shall we write one ?

Groetjes jip


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