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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh internals: full MIME integration

From: Lyndon Nerenberg
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh internals: full MIME integration
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:08:53 -0700

On Jul 29, 2014, at 7:41 PM, Ken Hornstein <address@hidden> wrote:

> So here's the thing ... right now we (mostly) don't have to think about
> processing UTF-8.  We get bytes in from decoding and squirt them out.
> There's no processing; we leave that up to the terminal to handle it.
> We're essentially UTF-8 ignorant, the same way we're ISO-8859 ignorant.

Because the libc routines are at the mercy of the locale.  If someone is using, 
say, and 8859-x based locale, the libc code isn't necessarily going to do the 
right thing with utf8, and we cannot stomp on the locale as that would 
potentially break the displayed output.

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