Re: the best utf mailer

From: Katsuhiko Momoi (
Date: Fri Sep 13 2002 - 23:05:00 EDT

Sorry for the extra noise but I forgot to include the URL for our
Netscape 6 International Mail features paper at IUC17:

Let me also add that Netscape 7 supports GB18030 on Linux and Mac.
Surrogates on Windows and Mac (I believe) and Unix support is coming soon.

- Kat

Katsuhiko Momoi wrote:

>There are quite a few other mailers which support UTF-8 these days. May
>I suggest Netscape 7 Mail? Others surely can suggest other favorite Mail
>of theirs.
>Netscape6/7's thread view is multilingual (if messages use MIME-encoded
>headers) and it will display any language script supported by
>encoding/converter libraries we have. The number of encodings is too
>large to mention here but Netscape 7 certainly supports all major
>Chinese encodings including GB18030 (with Surrogate range support on
>For both body and header displays, MIME-charset info is used and fonts
>are selected automatically. Reply messages will reflect the encoding of
>the original mail message. Both view default encoding and send default
>encoding can be set via Preference Dialog. For each folder, you can set
>a different fallback encoding to use for displaying messages without
>MIME charset info. For special folders (or newsgroups), you can also
>optionally "force" the chosen fallback encoding on all the messages in
>that folder/newsgroup ignoring incorrect MIME charset headers. (This
>will probably work well on certain Chinese language newsgroups where
>MIME info may be non-existent or incorrect.)
>Netscape 7 supports IMAP, POP3, Netscape Webmail, AOL Mail, AIM, ICQ,
>S/MIME, 128-bit encryption with certs, can be hooked up to LDAP server
>for address look up. JavaScript is turned off by default for Mail. It
>will not execute attachments automatically. Inline attachments can be
>displayed in a body window, and recognized MIME types such as .doc, .pdf
>can be opened with helper applications, but exectubale attachments must
>be saved locally first. There will be no automatic execution of
>attachments avoiding security risks and viruses.
>The technical info below, my & Naoki Hotta's Unicode 17 paper on
>Netscape 6 Mail, is somewhat dated but it may be useful for
>understanding underlying technologies that support international
>features in Netscape 7.
>You can download Simplified Chinese version of Netscape 7 from:
>- Kat
>Weiwu Zhang wrote:
>>I have been using Outlook Express for years. I speaks English, Chinese
>>and some French, the later two language cannot be coded in one single
>>email in any coding scheme except unicode. Now I'm sending UTF-8
>>emails all the time to avoid changing code.
>>My problem:
>>Is Outlook the only mailer that supports UTF-8 (include the Chinese
>>part), html sourcing, stationary, certification and encryption?
>>I am a HTML source fan; I often edit mail source to make it perfect,
>>but Outlook Express loves to re-format html emails in some silly way,
>>especially in UTF-8 mode (moving style definition to body, using
>>captical html tags, using silly tags like <CENTER>, <FONT> and so).
>>Endora don't support any Chinese coding.
>>I cannot give up encryption too, because I'm in a country where
>>communication is sometimes watched.

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