E-Mail attachments are usually sent using the MIME protocol. If your E-Mail client understands this protocol, you will be able to manipulate (i.e. save, open, ...) such attachments easily. If it doesn't, you will find some explanation about how to do so on the links below.

Euh ?What exactly is MIME and what is it doing with my mail ?
I got a message with a MIME attachment, what do I do/don't do ? Aha !

Because most viruses use E-Mail attachments to infect other computers, manipulating attachments is not without risk. You can read more about this on the WinCenter guide lines.

As an alternative to sending documents as an E-Mail attachment, you might consider putting them on our web or ftp server, and just send a link to them, instead of sending the entire document. In this way, (at least) the following advantages are accomplished :

  • it might be more evident to the addressee that it is really the intention that (s)he reads the document, as opposed to E-Mails being sent by a virus to spread itself.
  • only the addressees that really want to read the document itself, need the entire document. Mailboxes and network bandwidth will not be wasted for those who do not want/need to read them.
  • you can update the document after having sent a link to it, because the link stays the same. When sending the entire document, you need to resend it every time it changes.
  • mailboxes will be magnitudes smaller if they do not need to store all the documents as attachments as well. Consequently, your E-Mail client will be magnitudes faster ;-)

And a link is just as easy to use as an entire document as attachment : it is only a mouse click away ;-)

Just create a directory for such attachments :

/cw/wwwserver/extern/people/<your first name>.<your last name>/public_html/documents
and refer to them using :
http://people.cs.kuleuven.be/~<your first name>.<your last name>/documents/...

If you are concerned about privacy, use the private directories that are created for this purpose ... consult the personal web directories documentation for more information about these directories.