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Re: [Nmh-workers] Understanding nmh (aka. What's the goal) [ really non-

From: Jon Steinhart
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Understanding nmh (aka. What's the goal) [ really non-ASCII message bodies ]
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2010 12:02:36 -0800

> On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM, Jon Steinhart wrote:
> > Correct me if my memory is failing me here, I'm being lazy and not rereading
> > rfcs at the moment because I have other things to do.
> >
> > I recall that in the absence of appropriate headers messages are defined as
> > ASCII.  If that's the case, it strikes me that you're "fixing" something 
> > that
> > is convenient for you but technically not broken.
> In the ideal world, what you have stated is true.  However, in the
> real world, in non-English locales, character data occurs in
> headers that not encoded according to MIME rules.
> In my Perl app, I added an option to specify what is the default
> character encoding to assume for non-encoded data.  The default
> value is us-ascii (as the rfcs state), but the user can change
> it to something else.
> Not sure if nmh needs something similar, but if there are
> users in non-English locales that have messages with non-English
> non-encoded data in header fields, then allowing to specify
> a default encoding to assume may be of use.
> --ewh

I believe that that was what I was suggesting, in a don't-break-anything way.


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