Re: [hypermail] Odd behaviour of the subject line

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 14:35:21 +0100 (MET)
Message-ID: <>

On Tue, 6 Mar 2001, virtanen wrote:

> *The commented message*, which was generated by friend from the first
> message, was not correct any more. I will include that one here once
> again. (That message was included in my earlier message as the last part
> of it.):
> Subject: Re: =?iso-8859-1?Q?T=94m=94?= on
> =?iso-8859-1?Q?=94=94kk=96stesti?= ( =?iso-8859-1?Q?=9F=F7?= ) kommentti
> The subject line in the message above should be:
> 'Re: Tämä on ääkköstesti kommentti'
> But because of that problem (, which appears during the process, when the
> user '' is commenting the message) it changes into the
> one as shown above.

So then appearantly someone adds those parentheses. As has been shown before, hypermail doesn't. Then how is this a hypermail issue?

> My opinion is as well that something is wrong with the e-mail program,
> but as told earlier, I'm not sure. His program is 'Eudora' and we have
> already checked it many times that the character settings there should be
> iso8859-1.

If the web page doesn't show the parentheses but they appear in the subject line when he clicks on the reply-link and mails you, then yes, his email program or browser (or both) is stupid.

> Is it possible that the mail-server machine, which is in between the
> machine with that 'eudora' and the hypermail server, changes the
> character encoding settings?

This has nothing to do with "character encoding". Inserting parentheses don't change encoding. It just changes the actual text.

Then of course, the isn't any law that says how an email program shall construct the subject line when you press a link in a browser. There may be best-pratcises and such, but it is probably a decision left to the software in the end.

I intend to drop this subject now unless you can show *anything* that points to a problem in hypermail. So far I have seen nothing in that way.

      Daniel Stenberg - - +46-705-44 31 77
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