[rescue] UTF-8 [was T5220 update]

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 31 15:35:28 CDT 2017

I am using *THE* iOS Mail app bundled with the OS, it does not allow for
bplain textb email AFAIK, based on a review of the available settings for
the client and a quick bgoogleb or two.

Curious to see what happens with this: p)


>> On Oct 31, 2017, at 1:21 PM, Jonathan Patschke <jp at celestrion.net> wrote:
>> On Tue, 31 Oct 2017, Mouse wrote:
>> Most character encodings degrade poorly when you throw away any
>> significant fraction of the data.
> Indeed, most of them fare far worse.
>> I'm perpetually depressed by the number of people who seem to think it's
>> reasonable for them to generate UTF-8 all the time and that it's
>> everyone else's duty to handle it they way they intend,
> I can't speak for Lionel's MUA, but I'd lay good money on it being
> up-front about the message encoding in the MIME headers.  I'd lay blame on
> the software that sanitized the content without running it through iconv.
>> as if Unicode were some kind of God-given One True Character Set and
>> UTF-8 its One True Encoding.
> UTF-8 is a reasonable compromise in a world of mutually-incompatible human
> scripts.  It'd be Really Nice if the characters were the same width, but
> that means weighing lots of 0-bytes in text versus freezing out anyone
> whose languages aren't expressible in the 8-bit Latin encodings.  The old
> school of bickering code-pages can remind us how that goes.
> For its faults, UTF-8 and Unicode are _FAR_ better than their
> predecessors.  There are plenty of email threads at my day job that
> would be inexpressible in the older encodings because of the ways that
> Big5, Shift-JIS, and CP-1252 collide.
> Now, if the Unicode corporate folks could keep their politics and "Emoji"
> out of it, that'd sure be nice.
>> This is bad enough anywhere, but especially surprising on lists which
>> are, like this one, populated with people who routinely use hardware and
>> software older than a year or two.
> Thompson and Pike were presenting talks on UTF-8 in the early-to-mid
> 1990s.  Even my crufty HP-UX 11.0 boxes have UTF-8 support (although not
> my 10.20 daily driver, unfortunately).  Basic support should be a solved
> problem.
> --
> Jonathan Patschke
> Austin, TX
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