character encodings (was Re: dmesg question
ubuntu-users at list-post.mks-mail.de
Fri Dec 19 15:34:51 UTC 2008
> I'm pretty good at most things computerish, but I have to admit
> encodings have me mostly stumped. I'm particularly surprised that while
> the original post from Evuraan showed all sorts of "=?UTF-8..."
> encodings, the responses from the people who could read it all provide
> it an encoding that allows _me_ to read it.
There is not much magic in here.
In mail headers only US-ACSII is allowed. If you want to use characters
not in US-ASCII in, say, the From header field (which is the only part
of the OP where non-ASCII characters were used), you'll have to use a
representation that only uses US-ASCII. RFC 2047 defines a way to do that.
While your client was obviously unable to parse a RFC 2047 conformant
header field, in the responses to the OP the non-ASCII characters were
quoted in the *body* - where the encoding is an entirely different
matter, which your client seems to be able to handle.
> otoh, _your_ post gets quoted as from "=?ISO-8859-1...", and I bet when
> I see my own response, it'll make sense too - so maybe it's just a bug
> in KNode.
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