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Re: Face Header

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: Face Header
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 18:27:11 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Ted Zlatanov <> writes:

> On Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:38:32 +1000 Daniel Pittman <> 
> wrote: 
> DP> Um, I should possibly say that the header isn't illegal by the standard, 
> just
> DP> not defined officially.  So, it isn't /wrong/ to use it, as such, any more
> DP> than the extra headers various MTA / GroupWare packages use for internal
> DP> and/or external routing or whatever.
> IIRC Lars considered submitting the Face header for approval but got
> discouraged by the bureaucracy surrounding the process, so he just made
> it a de-facto standard as far as Gnus is concerned.  Usually such
> headers have to begin with "X-" so an RFC zealot could complain.
> DP> So, yeah, the recipient is in the wrong and all, I think.  Mostly.  Except
> DP> that Face headers /are/ a waste of ~ 1KB per email out and all.
> Yeah, I learned quickly to turn them off for work when they kept showing
> up in paper printouts from less capable MUAs.
> Ted

It's worth pointing out that there is Face which I believe supports
colour and X-Face which is mono. X-face which I use is a lot, lot
lighter and less likely to incurr the wrath of people sensitive to
bandwidth waste.

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