BinHex


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BinHex

(file format)
A Macintosh format for representing a binary file using only printable characters. The file is converted to lines of letters, numbers and punctuation. Because BinHex files are simply text they can be sent through most electronic mail systems and stored on most computers. However the conversion to text makes the file larger, so it takes longer to transmit a file in BinHex format than if the file was represented some other way.

Filename extension: .hqx.

See also BinHex 4.0, uuencode.

BinHex

A utility and encoding format that originated on the Macintosh that is used to convert binary files into 7-bit ASCII for communications over Internet email. Files formatted in BinHex use the .HQX extension. See MIME, UUcoding and Wincode.
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Receiving a binhexed or uuencoded message can seem a little strange at first since, in its text format, the "message" appears as an incomprehensible string of ASCII graphic characters; in other words, the message cannot be viewed until it has been unbinhexed or uudecoded.
The program BinHex, version 5, will convert a Macintosh file to MacBinary format so MCS can transmit it.
The current Gopher protocol defines other item-types besides text, but use of these types is discouraged, and most clients currently cannot handle even defined types such as binhexed Macintosh files, DOS binary files, or UNIX uuencoded files.