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vrf vrf digest: May 21, 2003 - where are the attachments?

Question asked by VRFuser on May 27, 2003
Hi Deependra and other vrfers,

I wrote the response below last week, and we've finally had a chance to follow up on the experiment we ran. Sorry for the delay, yesterday was VERY busy in Support.

You can change your settings to receive the digests in a different format, one that preserves attachments. It worked for us with Outlook 2000, but we have no other mail programs to test with.

To change your setting to the different digest format, send to a message with no Subject, and a body of

set vrf mimedigest

NOTE: with this format the postings no longer come as one long text message containing all the messages concatenated. Instead, in Outlook we got an email called "VEE vrf digest" with a subject of for example, "vrf digest: May 22, 2003". If I open this email, I see an attachment called for example "vrf digest May 22 2003.msg", which is an email message containing a Table of Contents of the messages in the digest (16 entries for May 22). It's an email that looks like this:

VRF Digest for Thursday, May 22, 2003.

1. Whichos() under Windows XP
2. Publishing in Web/Browser
3. Re: Whichos() under Windows XP
4. PIC micro & Hand Held
5. VRF - 8720 - Turning off Aux channels
6. RE: VRF - 8720 - Turning off Aux channels
7. RE: vrf digest: May 21, 2003
8. Re: PIC micro & Hand Held
9. Vxl Demo expires soon
10. Re: Publishing in Web/Browser
11. Re: Publishing in Web/Browser
12. Re: Publishing in Web/Browser
13. RE: vrf digest: May 21, 2003
14. RE: Whichos() under Windows XP
15. RE: Whichos() under Windows XP
16. RE: Whichos() under Windows XP

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We also see 16 other attachments, one for each posting that day. These are formatted as emails. If one of those emails originally had a VEE program as an attachment, it's still there as an attachment, ready to Save or run by double-clicking. So you get a nested structure of emails and attachments saved as attachments to other emails, like a tree.

The disadvantage we see is that you have to skim the first attachmaent (Table of Contents) to see if there's anything of interest, then find and open the particular email attachment I'm interested in. You can no longer just scroll through a single document and stop when you find something of interest. Other emailers may do this differently than Outlook, we don't know.

There you have the tradeoff. If you try it and decide you don't like the new format, send to the same lyris address the following in the body to restore the old format:

set vrf digest

If you're sick of digests and want to receive postings when they are made, put this in the body:

set vrf mail

Best Regards,

Scott and Nic
Software Technical Support

Agilent Technologies, Inc.
815 14th Street S.W.
Loveland, CO, U.S.A. 80537

> -----Original Message-----
> From: BAYES,SCOTT (A-Loveland,ex1)
> Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 12:53 PM
> Subject: RE: vrf digest: May 21, 2003
> > Folks - where are the attachments? Or is it that the VEE Program
> > attachments are not sent out by the VRF Digest? Are they up on the
> > server? How do I access the programs that you folks send out as
> > examples?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > DG
> [deleted]
> Deependra, we're looking at this problem and trying an
> experiment with a different personal setting in the vrf
> server (don't worry, this setting won't affect other
> vrf-ers). But it'll take at least a day, until I receive the
> next Digest, and I won't be back at work till Tuesday.
> We'll get back to the vrf next weeks with results and
> hopefully recommendations on how to set yourself up for
> better attachment handling with Digests.
> By the way, your email was over half a megabyte (it crashed
> my Outlook 2001 when I tried to Reply To All, no harm done).
> To help keep the traffic down, especially for the many of our
> users still using modems to receive vrf, we recommend
> removing excess text in responses. In this case, removing
> everything in the digest text past say the first 100 or 200
> lines would help, while still making the meaning clear. When
> I remove stuff, I like to put a little
> [deleted]
> mark to indicate that I did so, as I did near the beginning
> of this email.
> Best Regards,
> Scott Bayes
> Software Technical Support
> Agilent Technologies, Inc.
> 815 14th Street S.W.
> Loveland, CO, U.S.A. 80537
> 970 679 3799 Tel
> 970 635 6867 Fax

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