Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Apr 2012 08:59 UTC
Internet & Networking I would honestly serve at the altar of the person that did this. Keep the debugging information, but for the love of god, make your email client do something pretty and useful with it.
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Standard compliance is pretty good these days, even in Exchange. I can't vouch for the billion badly coded email clients but that's not an email problem, that's a code-quality problem.

Fair point there. However I still think the standard is outdated. For example, I don't see the point in transmitting everything as ASCII - in fact I personally think base64 should die. Anything that adds ~30% overhead to each and every attachment clearly isn't a sane standard for attachment encoding.

Content is encoded in exactly one way: MIME.

MIME isn't a single encoding specification, there's a few different variants (IIRC the biggest being 7bit and 8bit)

I can't think of a single modern SMTP server that doesn't support STARTTLS.

I will grant you that the biggest part of this problem isn't with SMTP server support but more mail hosts (lazy admins) not defaulting to TLS. I can't recall where I read this, but there's still a significant amount of e-mails being transmitted between mail servers without any encryption.

I can understand why most of the WWW is unsecured (viewing -for example- BBC News with SSL could be considered overkill), however e-mails often contain personal / confidential information and thus should be encrypted by default.

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