Is the alarm being sent by your application?  If so, the best thing to 
do (and what is commonly done) is for your application to create a new 
header.  For example, you could create something like "X-Alarm-Sender".

        Although e-mail message headers have common standards, there is no 
obligation to follow them, and there is really no technical 
restriction, limitation, or enforcement at all, so any mail program is 
free to add any header it wants to, or use none at all.  It just so 
happen that most mail programs use the "standard" ones, but this is by 

        Because of this, you can never be sure of any particular header to be 
included or spelled in a specific way, but the message may still be 
valid.  But if your applications are the ones that are sending and 
receiving the messages, you can virtually guarantee the contents--this 
is why you should invent a new header for your purposes.

        Now, to answer your question:  The headers are typically in English.  
The "From" and "Received" headers are used by mail clients around the 
world to determine the sender, so the convention is to spell them as 
such, in English, regardless of the nationality.

        I hope this helps.

On Oct 19, 2008, at 07:15, zayin wrote:

> Are the headers always in English?
> I need to search the header for the senders email address to 
> acknowledge the
> alarm. So, I am looking for a starting marker and ending marker for the
> email address.
> Are 'From:' and 'Received:' always in English or will they be 
> translated to
> German if the pop3 server is in Germany?
        DZ-Jay [TeamICS]

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