UTF-8 in mail

Gary W. Swearingen garys at opusnet.com
Tue Apr 11 23:24:17 UTC 2006

Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at dantian.org> writes:

> apt-get is the command-line tool for handling packages, and may be
> considered the  user’s  "back-end"  to  other  tools  using  the  APT
                      ^--- UTF-8 apostrophe

Well, this seems to be what MUAs are going to have to deal with:

    Mime-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

It looks like gnus/(x)emacs will handle it after some head banging.

If ASCII is more-or-less obsolete, with popular MUAs writing MIME
messages, it would seem to be a good time to switch to messages with
some limited mark-up so "as-is" vs. "auto-wrap" issues can be better
dealt with, etc.  I know proposals have been prepared along these
lines and even a IETF draft, IIRC.)

(In standard non-MIMI ASCII mail, readers are not suppose to have to
wrap lines, but MSFT users too often send hugely long lines.)

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