Following the RFC (was Re: Linus Torvalds says Linux kernel will remain GPL v2)

John Levin john at
Sat Jan 19 12:57:33 GMT 2008

Daniel Pittman wrote:
> "Dylan McCall" <dylanmccall at> writes:
>> Well, you'll never see me posting shortened URLs.
>> ...or following the RFC, for that matter. 
> You might want to follow the MUST part of the RFC, since a wide range of
> mail servers that /are/ standards compliant will reject or otherwise
> mangle your email on the way through.
>> In my opinion, the job of making long lines look nice should be
>> handled by the viewer (the mail program in this case) and only the
>> viewer. 

Are there any mail clients that handle long urls well? I know they can 
get broken with Thunderbird

> Your opinion is nice and all, but if you don't follow the specification
> then you can't expect to communicate reliably with others.

It does strike me that there is a usability bug here, which makes this a 
concern for Ubuntu (and Thunderbird upstream(.



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