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David Starner wrote:

>Maybe it will be less then helpful to point out that mutt (for Un*x)
>running under a UTF-8 terminal (xterm and most other modern X terminals
>running under a UTF-8 locale) work transparently, and that the default
>fonts for xterm include a complete set of IPA characters. Keyboard
>layouts and keyboard layout making programs are free for Un*x, too.
>
Yeah, I know that (and I imagine most people using Unices do), but it
doesn't help Roger any as he uses Windows.

>>Unfortunately, many email servers will hack away with 8-bit characters,
>>and UTF-8 characters are 8-bits
>>
>>
>I've never seen an email server break a UTF-8 message, as mail programs
>mime-encode them first, so the message (as the server sees it) is
>7-bits. If you can read the last line of my message, then 8-bit encoding
>isn't a problem. Every problem with UTF-8 and email I've heard about is
>client breakage.
>
>
We did a test some time ago (I can't remember exactly how long ago, but
it must've been since 2000) on this mailing list, and certain characters
were broken. Both the sender and the tester were using Unicode-happy
clients. We concluded at that time Unicode was not on. Perhaps it's
changed since then. And there are *still* idiot servers out there that
change lines beginning with From to >From.

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