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Re: [Nmh-workers] mhbuild destroying german Umlauts

From: pmaydell
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] mhbuild destroying german Umlauts
Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 17:40:20 +0100

Oliver Kiddle wrote:
>This can mostly all be done now. I made some changes that are in 1.2
>that use iconv for converting encoded headers. These default to LC_CTYPE
>where MM_CHARSET is not set. And using mime makes it easy to compose
>messages in other charsets.

Really? How do you do that? I had in mind a process where when
you say 'repl' nmh does:
 * convert message being replied to to your local charset
 * quote it as usual to construct the draft
 * you edit in your local charset
 * at some point in sending nmh converts to the charset for sending
 * 'list' at whatnow prompt should display in local charset

but AFAIK this is certainly not 'out of the box' even if it's theoretically
possible to lash together scripts to do it.

>For viewing messages, it is easy to add a few profile entries to do the
>  mhshow-charset-utf-8: csconv utf-8 '%s'
>  mhshow-charset-iso-8859-15: csconv iso-8859-15 '%s'
>  and so on...

Yes, I have a few of those too. But it's obviously impossible
to put in entries for every charset iconv can cope with.

>That isn't perfect, however. One difficulty lies with things like HTML
>e-mails - the charset can be in an HTML meta tag instead of the MIME
>header. The same can apply to XML files. None of w3c, links, lynx or
>html2text seem to cope well with the different charsets.

I think that is really up to the HTML viewer, though.

>Would you want to hardcode use of iconv for message bodies within

Yes. For backwards compatibility and oddball stuff you'd want to continue
to support the existing stuff but I think that nmh should just do the
Right Thing without requiring configuration and external utilities.
Ideally, plain old show should do this too. [mhshow has the disadvantage
that you don't get headers plus body in a single pager instance.]

-- PMM

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