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Re: [openpgp] "OpenPGP Simple"

2015-03-21 20:34:46
I’m enjoying this exchange tremendously, but Phill just said something that 
overcame my reticence to pipe up.

On Mar 17, 2015, at 09:44, Phillip Hallam-Baker <hallam(_at_)gmail(_dot_)com> 

The body of any modern email is going to be UTF8 after all.

There’s a fair bit of email still being exchanged that isn't UTF8, and I expect 
this’ll continue for as long as we’re still using SMTP. Everyone really should 
read <> in the context of making these 
types of assumptions. I still wish the charset header had been added to OpenPGP 
sooner, and made to have teeth.

When we started work on End-To-End, it’d’ve been easier in many ways to start 
from scratch, invent our own spiffy new protocol, and evade the tyranny of the 
installed base entirely. But interop matters. As do maturity and 
understood-ness of protocols. We made some implementation-specific choices (eg 
only ever generating ECC keys), but we very concertedly set out not to break 
anything. David’s declaration of intent to deprecate is worded a bit more 
strongly than I would’ve done, but I certainly don't disagree with the idea of 
considered algorithmic tidying in order to encourage modern OpenPGP 
implementations to generate contemporarily appropriate keys and messages.

When it comes to decryption, I’m (unsurprisingly) in vigorous agreement with 
Derek that this is a software problem, not a human problem. The question is 
whether we need a more usable universally backward compatible OpenPGP decryptor 
for our older data.


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