Re: UTF-7 is dead

From: Pete Resnick (
Date: Wed May 26 1999 - 12:30:15 EDT

On 5/25/99 at 6:36 PM -0700, Mark H. David wrote:

>At 03:09 AM 5/26/99 +0200, Patrik Fältström wrote:
>>[MIME makes UTF-8 work.]
>I know about that, but I think the argument was that UTF-8 would
>work because mail agents are all 8-bit clean. They're not.

No, that wasn't the argument. If you go re-read my message it says:

a) Many are 8-bit clean.
b) MIME solves the problem for those that aren't.

>Meanwhile, a very important mail client was just released with MIME
>encoding OFF by default: Outlook Express 5.0. I have recommended to
>persons at Microsoft that they have it default to ON.

What does it mean to have MIME encoding off by default? If you send
non-US-ASCII characters, how do you know which character set encoding
is being used? If you send styled text, how is it marked up?


Pete Resnick <>
Eudora Engineering - QUALCOMM Incorporated
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