[sylpheed:33209] Re: Workaround for buggy MUAs

Colin Leroy colin at colino.net
Tue Sep 22 15:52:02 JST 2009

On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:37:07 +0100, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:


> > Windows-1252 is a superset of ISO-8859-1, anyway, so anything
> > encoded as ISO-8859-1 can be sucessfully decoded as Windows-1252.
> > Even the HTML5 draft says it's a good idea[1].  
> 	However win-1252 mislabeled as iso8859-1 will produce wrong
> results when displayed 

as iso8859, yes. That's what my suggestion adresses.

> 	As for the suggestion in the HTML5 draft - YEUCH in the name
> of compatability a deliberate policy of misinterpreting properly
> labeled content is recommended.

Once one gets over his Microsoft distaste and disdain, and realizes
that Microsoft won't fix their software however loudly one complains on
free software mailing-lists, one can get pragmatic and decide that
there's no practical drawback at all in decoding iso-8859-1 as win-1252.

In other terms: ISO-8859-1 being a subset of Windows-1252, it is not
misinterpreted when parsed as Windows-1252, even if it's itching the

(and it's a two-line patch in procmime.c)


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