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Re: [openpgp] Character encodings

2015-03-17 22:48:20
Phillip Hallam-Baker <phill(_at_)hallambaker(_dot_)com> writes:
On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 3:44 PM, Jon Callas <jon(_at_)callas(_dot_)org> wrote:
One of the things that OpenPGP doesn't do very well that needs to be fixed
is layering.
Just get rid of the notion of text. Make it be all binary. Push the
problem up a layer in the software stack -- they have to deal with it
anyway, and all OpenPGP can do is make it worse.


+2.  The rest of the world has made do with the existing infrastructure for
getting data from A to B, one way or another, without civilisation collapsing.
PGP isn't a universal character-format translator, it's an encryption app, and
should restrict itself to that.  Leave the character-set issues to other
layers where they belong.

(If all else fails, make the contents of the PGP message a MIME body like
S/MIME does, so the processing-flow is "MIME message" (S/MIME data) -> filter
implementing the crypto (in decoded, binary form) -> "MIME message"
(plaintext) back out to the mail app).

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