character encodings (was Re: dmesg question

Loïc Grenié loic.grenie at
Sat Dec 20 09:59:12 UTC 2008

2008/12/19 Markus Schönhaber <ubuntu-users at>
> Derek Broughton:
> > 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.

    Indeed. To be precise, I've copied the characters from the header of
  the first message (replacing what was written in Derek's answer).


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