Re: UTF-7 is dead

From: Patrik Fältström (
Date: Tue May 25 1999 - 21:09:28 EDT

At 15.25 -0700 1999-05-25, Mark H. David wrote:
> >all of the time. There's no need to waste the space on UTF-7 when
> >UTF-8 will do.
>I don't get it. It won't do.

Another view on this:

Both Quoted-Printable and Base64 encodings MUST be supported by all
MIME implementations. Therefore, if you add a transport encoding
where you need to, that encoding can easilly be removed by the
transport layer in your application before starting to parse the
bytes in the message.

If you don't have MIME, then you don't have any way of signalling
what character set is in use.

So, regardless of if the transport between the MTA's is 8-bit clean
or not (I don't want that discussion again, and not here), it is a
fact that the UA of today need to be able to handle MIME -- including
the transport encodings which are mandatory in the standard.


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