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[leafnode-list] Re: Base64 coding in list messages
On Tuesday 21 October 2008 11:26:15 Whiskers wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 08:45:29 +0200 Matthias Andree
> <matthias.andree@xxxxxx> wrote:
> > Whiskers <catwheezel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > > When it left me, the message had these headers:
> > >
> > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> > > Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
> > >
> > > but on arrival from the mailing-list, these had changed to:
> > >
> > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
> > > Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
> > Generally speaking, quoted-printable or base64 will usually happen
> > whenever umlauts are involved - or other characters that don't fit into
> > 7bit (I'm avoiding them in this message). In the message you sent it was
> > the German oe umlaut in the greeting that you had quoted from Torsten's
> > message.
> But it only happens occasionally even in that case; Torsten's messages
> don't get converted to Base64 - but in that thread, both Peter J Ross's
> reply and mine, did.
Mine was quoted-printable when it left me.
From: Peter J Ross <peadar.ruadh@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [leafnode-list] Fetchnews process takes very long
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 04:54:23 +0100
If you're not the only one receiving that as Base64, the problem arises
somewhere earlier in the chain.
> Torsten's messages get to me with
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
> Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
> so perhaps it isn't the actual characters, so much as the sender's
> character set - I used UTF-8 (automatic setting by my software when I use
> non-US-ASCII characters); perhaps Peter did too? If the messages go
> through a system that can't handle UTF-8 I can see that causing a problem.
I use UTF-8 whenever non-ASCII characters are required (because I'm living in
the 21st Century), but I'm not sending raw 8bit data. I don't understand why
messages sent as quoted-printable should be re-encoded as Base64.
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