[kdepim-users] Character encoding in KMail

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 3 19:15:41 GMT 2009

On Tuesday 03 February 2009 19:02:30 Ingo Klöcker wrote:
> On Tuesday 03 February 2009, phep wrote:
> > Anne Wilson a écrit :
> > > A new development for me is that when I reply to some messages I
> > > get a warning about characters that can not be displayed, and asked
> > > whether to drop the characters or change the encoding.  I have
> > > looked over the messages in question and don't see anything unusual
> > > about them.  Can anyone tell me more about this?
> > >
> > > I can see the use where there are obvious character problems, even
> > > though I can't recognise the problem with regard to Kishore's
> > > messages to kde at mail.kde.org which is where the problem is now
> > > showing up.
> >
> > This probably happens when you reply to messages which are in a
> > different encoding from your's and you quote all or part of them.
> >
> > E.g. you receive a ISO-8859-X encoded message and you reply to it
> > with your default UTF-8. What KMail asks you then is probably what to
> > do whith the non-ascci characters of the quoted message : convert
> > them to UTF-8 so that your message shall keep coherent (albeit
> > converting the original quoted charcaters) or else ... not displaying
> > those non-ascii ISO-8859-X characters since there can't be,
> > logically, 2 distinct charsets in the same piece of code !
> >
> > Note that this is just a guess, Ingo will probably correct ;-)
> AFAIK, KMail will not ask you if there's an encoding in the list of
> preferred encodings (under Composer/Charset in the settings dialog)
> which is a superset of the encoding used for the received message. It
> is advisable to put utf-8 into the list of preferred encodings because
> utf-8 is a superset of all encodings. I think by default the list
> consists of two encodings: your local encoding and utf-8.
My local encoding is utf-8, so that should be straight-forward.
> Kishore's first reply in the "What happened to 'Find in message'?"
> thread contains the character 0xA0 (in hex notation) in the quote of
> Anne's message. I have no idea why KMail seems to have replaced the two
> space characters in "[...] the same job.  Was [...]" with a space
> followed by 0xA0. Could be a bug.
> BTW, using KMail 1.9.10, I didn't get an encoding message when replying
> to Kishore's message and the 0xA0 did end up correctly in my reply.
> OTOH, in Anne's reply the 0xA0 was replaced by a '?' (question mark).
> I'll retry with KMail 1.11 when I have finally switched to KDE 4.2.
I've never seen these encoding messages until today.  I've got a total blank 
on where general encodings are set - I though it was Region & Language - but 
I'm pretty certain I set utf-8.  All the same, I'd like to check it, if I can 
find it.

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