At 1998-10-30 11:47, Chris Newman wrote:
UTF-7 has the following problems:
* far worse backwards compatibility than quoted-printable. Some people
hate MIME due to what they consider "quoted-unreadable". If you use
UTF-7, there will be lots of people who will start hating Unicode as a
* The uptake of the 8BITMIME SMTP extension has been excellent. This
means that unencoded UTF-8 with CTE 8-bit is usually possible. UTF-8
doesn't have double-encoding or searching problems.
OK. So how's this:
1. Pick a charset, in this order: US-ASCII, ISO-8859-1, some other common
2. Use 7bit CTE if you can. Otherwise, use 8bit CTE.
3. Send the message. If the recipient complains that SMTP mangled your
8bit text, resend using quoted-printable CTE.
Ashley Yakeley, Seattle WA