Re: Emacsen MUA
On Sat, 13 Dec 2003, J. wrote:
> Tatsuya Kinoshita <email@example.com> writes:
>> On December 12, 2003 at 11:51PM +0100,
>> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>>> > - Encoding/decoding ISO-2022-JP, ISO-8859-*, UTF-8, etc.
>>> > - MIME and GPG
>>> Handling encodings and MIME is the least that a good MUA shall offer
>>> that's why I didn't even mention it.
>> Peter's message (recent post to this list, using MH-E) is not a
>> MIME message. It has non-ascii characters without `Content-Type:'.
> I didn't notice it has non-acsii characters but it seemed to have
> not groked my accents properly.
> Does a message necessarily need to be MIME when it uses
> non-ascii characters?
Seriously, email without MIME is defined to be US-ASCII 7-bit only in
the standards. Most mailers pass 8-bit these days, but not all, and
without a MIME type you can't trust the eighth bit to mean what you
intended for all your readers.
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