Re: Unicode in the mailing list

From: Martin J Duerst (
Date: Tue Aug 13 1996 - 04:49:32 EDT

>>Well, I bet you'd then wish the mailinglist didn't strip the MIME
>>headings in our mails.
>What, MIME stripped? Does that mean we have to UUencode our Unicode? What
>can we do about this?

Just comming from a discussion of the differences between email MIME
and HTTP, I can confirm that Unicode (UCS-2) cannot be sent as text
over email. The reason for this is that MIME defines a "canonicalization"
that requests that line endings appear as CRLF. In Unicode, they appear
as NULL CR NULL LF (or something else). HTTP is not so strict in this
respect. So plain Unicode can be sent over HTTP, but UTF-7 or
UTF-8 have to be used for email.

Regards, Martin.

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