Re: MIME q-p decoding

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 08:20:59 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.10.9910060816580.13764-100000_at_stanley>

On Tue, 5 Oct 1999, Tom von Alten wrote:

> 8-bit characters encoded to 7-bits with MIME quoted-printable are
> getting decoded back to their 8-bit source, and pushed into the HTML
> view of the message in that form. I'm not sure of chapter and verse,
> but this isn't legal in HTML, is it?

If nothing else is stated, it is legal for HTML to assume the ISO8859-1 charset, yes.

> I thought 8-bit characters were supposed to be mapped into the &NNN; or
> &special-name; things for HTML.

They should, if we want to be nicer. Although that would give us a busload of troubles, especially when more exotic charsets are being used. I mean, just thinking about gathering the information about all 128 characters for all those weird charsets makes me scared...

> As it is, what I see is what was intended with Netscape v4.51 on either
> NT or hp-ux, but I imagine some (compliant) browsers aren't going to
> like the particular mapping...

I don't think this is any major problem as long as the charset of the mail is used. And I believe it is.

> Is this an issue that should be addressed for v2?

I vote no. Let's deal with that in 2.1...

 Daniel Stenberg --
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