Re: UTF-7 is dead

From: A. Vine (
Date: Tue May 25 1999 - 19:23:58 EDT

Pete Resnick wrote:
> On 5/25/99 at 11:08 AM -0700, Mark H. David wrote:
> b) In those cases where only 7-bit is available, UTF-8 (which is a
> charset, not an encoding)

Au contraire. UTF-8 is a character encoding scheme, which qualifies it as an
encoding. True, it is not a transfer encoding syntax, but the word "encoding"
does not necessary assert that it is. For more terminology details, please see
RFC 2130. And yes, it is also a charset; encodings and charsets are not
mutually exclusive. Actually what is happening is character set terms and email
terms are overlapping here.


Andrea Vine
Sun Internet Mail Server i18n architect
Romanes eunt domus.

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