A set of algorithms
for converting files into a series of 7-bit ASCII
characters that can be transmitted over the Internet
. Originally, uuencode
stood for Unix-to-Unix encode,
but it has since become a universal protocol used to transfer files between different platforms such as Unix
, and Macintosh
. Uuencoding is especially popular for sending e-mail
attachments. Nearly all e-mail applications support uuencoding for sending attachments and uudecoding
for receiving attachments.
Another popular encoding algorithm is BinHex , which is often used for transferring Macintosh files, such as PICT graphics files.