Project info for base64

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base64 Source Code in C Introduction This little utility implements the Base64 Content-Transfer-Encoding standard described in RFC1113 ( This is the coding scheme used by MIME to allow binary data to be transferred by SMTP mail. I was attempting to look at a mime attachment in a badly formed e-mail one day. I was not able to find source that was simple to compile correctly and would actually work. I have been working on a project where code similar to this is in use. I decided that I would create a file similar to what I was looking for and make it available to others. Hosting on SourceForge Hosting on SourceForge gives me a chance to work with their system and with luck will allow the source to take on a life of its own. I will also host the source on one of my sites just in case. Design Goals Specifically: This code is a stand-alone utility to perform base64 encoding/decoding. It should be genuinely useful when the need arises and it meets a need that is likely to occur for some users. Code acts as sample code to show the author's design and coding style. Generally: This program is designed to survive: Everything you need is in a single source file. It compiles cleanly using a vanilla ANSI C compiler. It does its job correctly with a minimum of fuss. The code is not overly clever, not overly simplistic and not overly verbose. Access is 'cut and paste' from a web page. Terms of use are reasonable. Hidden Agenda I am hoping that this little source file will have all its bugs isolated and corrected in a single round of testing so that this beta code version 0.00.00B can actually be released as version 0.00.00R and stay there. Experience tells me this is a real long shot, but having reviewed and unit-tested the code, I think it's a possibility. It is, after all, a relatively simple utility. How you can help: I would be greatly obliged if you would compile the source and run unit test. Don't bother if it has already been done for your platforms/compilers. Take a look at the project and the news page to see what platforms have been covered. If you have access to a platform that has not been covered you can compile, run unit test and let us know the results.

License: MIT

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