From: Marko Mäkelä (
Date: 2003-08-25 21:29:55

On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 03:26:19PM +0200, Baltissen, R (Ruud) wrote:
> So please, answer me this question: did this and/or previous email show up
> as text or as HTML?
As MIME multipart/alternative, with text/plain and text/html parts:
1 [multipart/alternative, 7bit, 4.9K]
2   [text/plain, 7bit, iso-8859-1, 1.8K]
3   [text/html, quoted-printable, iso-8859-1, 2.8K]
So, you're wasting bandwidth, as Rainer pointed out, and causing possible
compatibility problems.  The quoted-printable encoding is also wasting
bandwidth.  As most mail gateways should be 8-bit clean by now, you could
safely use Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit.

By the way, your signature lines (which I presume are out of your control)
are longer than RFC 822 recommends (although not longer than 1000 characters
per line, which is the mandatory limit).

On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 03:32:11PM +0200, Baltissen, R (Ruud) wrote:
> If I understand this correctly, an ISO definition tells a program/OS what
> characterset is used?

Not quite, ISO 8859 merely defines some character encodings.  The MIME
header Content-Type tells which character set should be used.
ISO 8859-1 a.k.a. Latin-1 is the native character set of the Commodore Amiga,
the Linux console, Microsoft Windows (although Windows-1252 defines
nonstandard extensions), and it resembles the DEC Multinational
character set used by the VT220 terminal.

> > I believe someone added it to unicode.
> Never understood what this was. Someone in for a short explanation? Thanks.
It's a character set with lots of character codes.  Some parts of it are
standardised by ISO 10646.  UTF-8 is its 8-bit encoding; there are also
16-bit and 32-bit encodings (with big endian and little endian byte order),
but UTF-8 is probably the most widely used encoding.  I wouldn't use UTF-8
widely yet (except on web pages that require characters outside ISO-8859-1),
because there still are many terminals and terminal emulators that are
restricted to an 8-bit character set.

Not that it is a problem on this list.  As the discussion is in English,
non-ASCII letters are mostly only needed for non-English proper names or
special symbols like £ (pounds sterling) or × (multiplication sign x).


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