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    I kindly suggest subscribers either to write short subject
    headings for their e-mail messages, or to begin the subject heading
    with the most meaningful words, followed by other minor descriptions
    or explanations regarding the message contents.

    The reason is that subject headings are often truncated by the
    e-mail programs, when they are presented to the reader in the
    summary of received messages. Just one example: my e-mail program
    displayed the following truncated subject heading for a recent message:

    Subject: "SUMMARY OF RESPONSES REGARDING " (31 characters long)

    I suggest subject headings of the following kind, containing the
    keywords right at the beginning:

    Subject: "WHIPLASH INJURY: SUMMARY OF RES"(ponses)

    I used several different computers based on Unix operating
    systems, and the subject heading was always shortened in the summary
    of received messages presented by the respective e-mail programs. Thus,
    I guess this problem is not only mine, and regards many others.

    Together to what Dr. Hinrichs asked recently, regarding the need
    of repeating the e-mail address and other personal data at the end of
    your messages, I hope you don't mind to follow my suggestion, which
    helps readers to quickly select interesting messages among the increasingly
    high number of contributions sent to BIOMCH-L every day. If our moderators
    agree, similar suggestions could be included in the guide automatically
    sent to each new subscriber. (By the way, thanks to the moderators for
    their hard service).

    I have no idea if there's a standard about the max number
    of characters displayed in the headings of the list of messages
    by the various e-mail programs, but the program I use seems to limit it to
    31 characters.

    Thanks to you all,

    with regards,
    Paolo de Leva
    Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica
    Biomechanics Lab
    Via di Villa Pepoli, 4
    00153 ROME

    Tel: 39-6-575.40.81
    FAX: 39-6-575.40.81 (or 39-6-361.30.65)

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