List mail/archives, encodings
ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au
Mon Jul 19 05:15:35 UTC 2010
On Sun, 2010-07-18 at 10:15 -0700, Antonio Olivares wrote:
> I have not seen any more mail with encodings that made the messages
> unreadable. Apparently I was the only person seeing this so it could
> be a problem with me or yahoo mail?
It sounds quite likely it was Yahoo mail. But here's one way it could
be at your end: Have you told your mail client, or web browser, to
presume a particular character encoding by default, or to override the
character encoding details provided with the messages? If so, you could
be forcing an incorrect interpretation.
The default encoding for e-mail is US-ASCII, anything else should
explicitly declare what it actually uses. And the default for most HTML
is iso-8859-1 (likewise, anything else should explicitly describe
itself). XML uses UTF-8, by default, if I recall correctly.
By "default," that means that if the data doesn't come with a
description of what it is using, then that's what should be expected.
It doesn't mean that all mail/web-pages must use those encoding schemes.
> Have you had any trouble viewing messages through yahoo mail?
Me, or another Tim? I don't use the webmail service, it could be a
cause of your problem. I merely send messages to the list using a yahoo
address in my "from" field. I receive mail sent to another address,
that has nothing to do with Yahoo.
I haven't seen anything wrong with the messages that you previously drew
to our attention. So, the problem would appear to be somewhere between
yourself and the list.
[tim at localhost ~]$ uname -r
Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored. I
read messages from the public lists.
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