[Users] Hello

Holger Berndt berndth at gmx.de
Wed Aug 8 22:57:05 CEST 2012

On Mi, 08.08.2012 21:52, Paul wrote:

>> MAY (note the capitals) is defined in RFC 2119. It doesn't support
>> Michael's claim either.
>My reading of the RFC is like Michael's, I say it again without the
>typo this time:
>In my understanding of this 'MAY' it means may use "Re: or may not use
>Re:". It does not mean "may use Re: or may use any other

Again: The subject header is FREE TEXT, for HUMANS.

RFC 2822 defines an OPTIONAL (->MAY) feature on this otherwise
non-machine-interpreted free text header, which introduces "Re: "

>And to quote the RFC '"Re: " (from the Latin "res", in the matter
>of)', so Aw:, for example, (in my limited understanding of German),
>being short for Antwort, a translation of 'reply', is wrong anyway.>

No, it's not wrong. It's just not the optional feature described.
"Antwort: " qualifies as human-readable free text all right.


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