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[leafnode-list] Re: Base64 coding in list messages

* Whiskers on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 20:17:04 +0100
> On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 19:34:26 +0100 Peter J Ross <peadar.ruadh@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>> I use UTF-8 whenever non-ASCII characters are required (because I'm
>> living in the 21st Century), 
> Same here (although up till a year ago I was still using the various ISO 
> codings as my console-based software couldn't handle UTF-8).
>> but I'm not sending raw 8bit data. I don't
>> understand why messages sent as quoted-printable should be re-encoded as
>> Base64.
> That's what I'm hoping to discover.  Base64 uses about twice the 
> 'bandwidth' of 'quoted-printable', for one thing.  The only email software 
> I've come across that uses Base64, is the email program on my Nokia mobile 
> phone (which is a pretty poor excuse for an email program). 

Might be Mailman, if it behaves similar to the Python email
module. There the default content-transfer-encoding for utf-8 is
base64. Perhaps to ensure data integrity just in case a charset
declaration is, ahem, neglected somewhere. iso-8859-1,
windows-1252 and friends are mapped to QP.

And: utf uses slightly more bandwidth than iso-8859-1 ... <duck>

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