From: Stephane Bortzmeyer (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 17 2005 - 14:53:54 CDT
On Tue, May 17, 2005 at 05:38:41PM +0000,
faraz siddiqi <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
a message of 26 lines which said:
> is smtp by default support utf-8 encoding
SMTP does not care about the *content* of the message, only about its
transmission (at least it is the theory).
This is why two RFC standardize email : RFC 2821 for SMTP and RFC 2822
for the content. If you really write an email client (I'm not sure it
is a good idea, you should build on an existing email program
instead), you should really read these RFC, plus [RFC2045, RFC2046,
RFC2049] for the MIME standard.
The default channel in SMTP is only 7-bits wide, for historical
reasons. Almost all the SMTP servers, for many, many years, accept to
properly carry 8-bits data (wether UTF-8 or else). See RFC 2821, "2.4
General Syntax Principles and Transaction Model".
> i am nwe to programming
I would not advise to start programming with an Unicode email MUA
(Mail User Agent)...
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