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Re: Bug reported regarding Unicode handling in email address

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: Bug reported regarding Unicode handling in email address
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:16:42 -0400

>Probably, but which process?   How do we know what created it?  There's
>no requirement that it be sent any time soon after it was composed - with
>just the draft file there's not a lot of leeway, but we support drafts in
>a folder, and there there can be lots waiting to be sent.   My drafts/1
>file is from 1997 ... drafts/10 is from 2002, and drafts/100 from early April
>(this year).   One day I might send some of those messages...

I feel compelled to point out that when we find 8-bit characters we use
the user's locale to find the character set to construct the appropriate
MIME headers.  So if your 24 year old draft (really?) was edited using
ISO8859-1 because it pre-dates UTF-8 (fine, UTF-8 was invented in 1993,
but RFC 2277 didn't come out until 1998) but you've changed your locale
to use UTF-8, then nmh has no way of knowing that.  In theory I suppose
we could look at the draft and try to take a guess ... but I think that
way lies madness.


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