[mailhist-discuss] First email attachment?
dcrocker at bbiw.net
Sat Mar 11 12:01:15 PST 2017
MIME standardized attachments for Internet Mail, but my recollection is
that the construct of an attachment(*) existed before MIME. I believe
various 'department' or 'enterprise' proprietary systems had them, in
Anyone care to offer citations for first support of the construct?
ps. From the start of Arpanet mail -- at least with Tenex sndmsg -- it
was possible to incorporate the contents of a file into the body of the
message, but the result was an indifferentiated body. So it doesn't
count as an 'attachment' construct. Closer to the point is the early
convention of uuencoding content -- essentially a manual step into and
out of the body -- since that was distinguished; but I'm not sure it
should be classed as 'attachment' in the sense we normally mean.
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