Message 5.7 Manual. Node: Message Headers
3.1: Message Headers
Message is quite aggressive on the message generation front. It has to
be -- it's a combined news and mail agent. To be able to send combined
messages, it has to generate all headers itself (instead of letting the
mail/news system do it) to ensure that mail and news copies of messages
look sufficiently similar.
nil, generate all headers before starting to compose the
From headers should look. There are four valid
Just the address -- `
firstname.lastname@example.org (Elvis Parsley)'.
Elvis Parsley <email@example.com>'.
angles if that doesn't require quoting, and
parens if it does. If even
parens requires quoting, use
Headers in this list that were previously generated by Message will be
deleted before posting. Let's say you post an article. Then you decide
to post it again to some other group, you naughty boy, so you jump back
*post-buf* buffer, edit the
Newsgroups line, and
ship it off again. By default, this variable makes sure that the old
Message-ID is deleted, and a new one generated. If
this isn't done, the entire empire would probably crumble, anarchy would
prevail, and cats would start walking on two legs and rule the world.
This string is inserted at the end of the headers in all message
Responses to messages have subjects that start with `
Re: '. This
is not an abbreviation of the English word ``response'', but in
Latin, and means ``in response to''. Some illiterate nincompoops have
failed to grasp this fact, and have ``internationalized'' their software
to use abonimations like `
Aw: ' (``antwort'') or `
(``svar'') instead, which is meaningless and evil. However, you may
have to deal with users that use these evil tools, in which case you may
set this variable to a regexp that matches these prefixes. Myself, I
just throw away non-compliant mail.