pbekins at fuse.net
Thu Aug 16 13:09:20 EDT 2007
Unicode is indeed "plain text", but when I received the digest in
"plain text mode" it included the header:
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
I assume that this is set to "us-ascii" by the digest program based
on the option "plain text" defined as "not-MIME". Plain text SMTP e-
mail is limited to 7-bit ASCII format. MIME is required to transmit e-
mail in other text encodings such as UTF-8.
From lurking on the list, I have noticed that most often people
having issues with unicode are those who are subscribing to the
digest, and I assume therefore that this is the main culprit for such
If you are not subscribed to the digest, but are having problems with
unicode then indeed it is either your client's text encoding settings
or those of the person who sent the e-mail.
On Aug 16, 2007, at 12:46 PM, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
> On Aug 16, 2007, at 12:34 PM, Peter Bekins wrote:
>> This came up on B-Hebrew as well. I receive the digest of both lists
>> and I have never been able to read the unicode. I have a Mac so I was
>> pretty sure it had nothing to do with UTF-8 settings. Then someone
>> finally mentioned that there is an option when you first registered
>> for the list that sets whether you want to receive plain text or
>> encoded messages. Mine was set to plain text for both which explains
>> why Unicode doesn't work.
>> To change the setting go to the B-Greek page http://
>> lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/b-greek. At the bottom of the page
>> enter your e-mail into the field labeled "unsubscribe or edit
>> options" and click the button. Enter your password and precede to the
>> options page. Set "Get MIME or Plain Text Digests" to MIME.
>> For future reference this is most likely the culprit and not e-mail
>> client settings unless you are using a really old e-mail client.
> You can change your DIGEST settings from plain-text to MIME, but
> that doesn't really affect the Unicode because UTF-8 is in fact
> plain-text. And there's no option to receive messages individually
> in MIME-format -- and most of us can read the Unicode Greek texts
> that are correctly entered.
> Carl W. Conrad
>>> Message: 5
>>> Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 00:26:12 +0000
>>> From: "Bert de Haan" <b_dehaan at sympatico.ca>
>>> Subject: [B-Greek] Unicode
>>> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
>>> Message-ID: <BAY122-F379D9255E62C4EDF8966518BDF0 at phx.gbl>
>>> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed
>>> Does anyone know why I can't read the unicode when I read the e-
>>> mail but I
>>> can if I go to the archives to read the same message? Does that
>>> something to do with the B-Greek's system or do I have to change
>>> in my computer settings?
>>> Thank you.
>>> Bert de Haan.
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