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OLEXP: No Quote Characters When Using Quoted Printable Format

Article ID: 168779

Article Last Modified on 11/21/2003


  • Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0

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When you reply to or forward a message that was composed using "Plain Text, Quoted Printable" format in Outlook Express, there is not a quote character at the beginning of each line of text that is included from the message you received.


This is a side effect of the "Plain Text, Quoted Printable" format in the message you received.


Generally, you see a quote character (such as ">") on each line of the message you are quoting. For this to work, there must be a <CR><LF> pair (\r\n) at the end of each line.

When a message is sent using "Plain Text, Quoted Printable" format, an equal sign is added to the end of the line to let the browser know that the line continues. Therefore, there is only one quote character at the beginning of each paragraph quoted.

The main purpose of "Plain Text, Quoted Printable" format is to allow for line wrapping. When you send mail on the Internet, you can send only 80 characters on a line of text. To provide word-wrap capability, the lines are packaged in "Plain Text, Quoted Printable" format. This ends each line with an equal sign to indicate that it continues to the next line.

Additional query words: 4.00 indent greater than QP

Keywords: KB168779