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Re: [Nmh-workers] scan doesn't appear to understand language encodings

From: Paul Fox
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] scan doesn't appear to understand language encodings
Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:19:25 -0400

ken wrote:
 > scan can't decode the body of a message; you get the raw text output.
 > Which is why you see the beginning of the MIME multipart marker if your
 > message is a multipart.  Why can't scan do that?  Because no one made it
 > do that.  SHOULD it do that?  Yes, ...

i'm not sure i agree.  frankly, the first-line snippet that scan
provides instead of a subject is hardly useful enough to be worth it. 
i'd be just as happy if scan <<Missing Subject>> or somesuch.


 > a lot of work to do that for a very small gain).  Really, this is a
 > consequence of the fact MIME isn't really integrated into nmh properly;
 > it's just sort of bolted on in a few key spots.  Header decoding works
 > fine because each header has it's own complete encoding (and that requires
 > an assist from the mh-format language).  My eventual goal is to do complete
 > MIME integration and things like this would just work properly.
 > I suspect it would display properly IF the encoding was 8-bit and the
 > character set matched your native character set; I'm guessing by what
 > you showed your local character set is UTF-8, but it was encoded in
 > ISO-8859-1 (or something close to that).
 > --Ken
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