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How to Use the Standard Email Signature Delimiter

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Signatures have become a standard. Almost everybody appends their name and sometimes a witty quote or some ASCII art to their email messages.

It would be great if a common signature delimiter could become a standard as well. Then email clients could automatically delete the signature from the quoted text when you compose a reply, for example.

Use the Standard Signature Delimiter

The "standard" that is widely used on Usenet, but also with email, is

  • "-- " (two dashes followed by a white-space character) on a line by itself.

Example Signature with Standard Delimiter

A signature conforming to the standard could look like:

-- 
Heinz Tschabitscher
"eve rythin gisgon nabeal right"

(Updated June 2014)

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