Character sets / encoding

James Tyrer jrtyrer at
Fri Sep 11 02:43:10 BST 2009

Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Wednesday 09 September 2009 21:35:05 James Tyrer wrote:
>> Anne Wilson wrote:
>>> On Monday 07 September 2009 17:08:25 Carlos Luna wrote:
>>>> I think this could help you. (It's for config locales in your system)
>>> Thanks, but I do have the correct locale installed, and I use utf-8,
>>> which should, as far as I know, handle all European accented characters
>>> without a problem.  In fact in many applications it does.
>> After some further research, I am starting to think that this is a bug.
>>   The reason is that it isn't just IBM cp1252 that is screwed up but
>> also ISO 8859-1 has the same problem.
>> When a text file composed in either code page which contains characters
>>> = 128 (>7F Hex) is opened wit UTF-8, it fails to properly decode the
>> glyphs >= 128.  This happens despite the fact that the apps which I have
>> tried correctly count the number of glyphs before changing them to the
>> FFFD Hex character ?.
>> The >=128 glyphs which I commonly user are: äëïöüñ.  Since I am sending
>> this email in ISO 8859-1, these characters will not appear correctly if
>> viewed with UTF-8.
>> I have found that the only solution to this problem is to set the code
>> page for incoming mail to either ISO 8859-1 or IBM cp 1252.
> Not sure  what's happening James.  If the characters you typed were umlauted, 
> as they seem to be, then they are reading correctly on this netbook (I'll 
> check on another machine later).  Here KMail is set to use the following
> utf-8
> utf-8 (locale)
> us-ascii
> iso-8859-1
> Now whether that means that if one doesn't fit it falls back to the next one, I 
> don't know.  What do you think?
If you check the source, you will find:

	text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"

You have iso-8859-1 in the list, so it worked.

Perhaps you could check the source of one of the emails that produced 
the "�" character set and see what says, or perhaps it says nothing.


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