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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh architecture discussion: format engine character s

From: David Levine
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh architecture discussion: format engine character set
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:21:46 -0400

I'd be fine with assuming UTF-8 by default, and using it internally.

It'd be even better to parameterize that.  In addition to supporting
users who want something else now, it might help us (or more likely
our descendants) at some point in the future.  That should be easy if
we always feed everything through a converter such as iconv.


Ralph wrote:

> Hi Ken,
> > Specifically, they assume all output is in UTF-8 (because that's how
> > Plan 9 works), but that's not a valid assumption for us.
> Aside from whether that stdio would be helpful, is it time we switch to
> assuming UTF-8?
> If that's really a problem for users that can demonstrate why they must
> remain using non-UTF-8 then perhaps an iconv or similar slapped on nmh's
> stdout and stderr would keep them happy.  A bit `Eww', but would keep
> the 1% happy, maybe.

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