Mac Mail Sillyness
For the record when it comes to Mac I am firmly in the camp of ambivalence. It's not for me but if you like it that's fine.
What I don't care for is those who suggest that Mac is "the only way" or "the right way" and a good example of why I don't like it can be found in the basic Mac Mail program.
When sending an email with an attachment with this program there is a checkbox (seemingly left unchecked by default) that reads "Send Windows friendly attachment". If this checkbox is not checked then attachments sent are in fact not viewable with Outlook on Windows and if checked, they are.
So the message and it's implications seem fairly clear. You have to take an extra step on Mac, a facility graciously provided by the developers to acommodate dirty, smelly old Windows and it's unenlightened users.
It's all a big sham. Sending an attachment without the box checked means that files attachments are sent in a non RFC compliant way. So it's not just Outlook on Windows that can't open them. No mail program on any platform can open them with the exception of the Mac mail program. Thunderbird on Windows? Won't work. Thunderbird on Linux? Won't work. Any other mail program on Mac? Won't work. Hotmail and Gmail? Won't work. (Are you discerning a pattern here?)
What that checkbox should read is "Send attachment in standard (RFC compliant) way" because that is really what that option means. The alternative being to send it in a proprietary Mac Mail only way.
Only Apple could create a broken (by standards) email program and then blame it all on Windows (which has nothing to do with the problem or solution) and get away with it.
wifey - Oct 2nd 2008 1:53 PM
max - Oct 6th 2008 2:11 AM
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