20Consider Attachment Options

These days most businesses couldn’t function without the ability to send files attached to e-mail messages. The author who sends his completed chapters to the publisher, the musician who sends her sound files to a producer, or the photographer who sends his pictures to a magazine—all have the option to transmit their data instantly via e-mail.

As efficient as sending attachments can be, there are some important things to consider before distributing them.

Size

Even the post office and your friendly parcel carrier have size limits on what they can deliver. Just as you wouldn’t expect the mailman to be able to drop off a dining room table on your doorstep, you can’t expect e-mail to deal with overly large attachments ...

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