On 2018-04-10 23:52:59 (+0800), John Levine wrote:
In article <20180410083903.gi86...@rincewind.trouble.is> you write:
I've been tasked with finding out what the general consensus is on
the support in email headers for International characters such as
Accented characters in real names are pretty universally accepted
though. Even real names entirely in scripts that are nothing like
Unless your mail program is badly broken, it'll encode UTF-8 or other
non-ASCII text in address comments (aka friendly from aka real names)
using MIME encoded-words so the message as sent and received only
contains ASCII. All of the MUAs I know, even rather old ones like
Alpine, automatically decode the MIME and show you the text.
There is a lot of really broken mail software out there...
While "traditional" MUAs have been (mostly) correctly MIME encoding and
decoding address comments and subject headers for decades, plenty of web
forms have always been broken. With UTF-8 becoming more ubiquitous,
unencoded UTF-8 is starting to appear where previously there was all
kinds of garbage.
Amusingly (or not), with SMTPUTF8, email from broken software now has a
better chance of being delivered than before. :) Or at least getting as
far as the spam filters rather than being dropped sooner.
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