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Re: unknown symbols

From:Lars Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 7:23
2008/10/28 David McCann <david@...>
> Incidentally, Steven's post arrived in my daily digest as > "U29tZXRpbWVzLCByaW5nLWJ" and so on. It's lucky I can read it at Yahoo. > Am I the only one to get garbage from Brown's server?
That looks like the body of Steven's mail was base64-encoded when it left his system, which is a valid and standards-conforming way of doing it, often chosen by the mail program when there's more than a few non-ASCII characters in the mail. To create a valid digest containing such mails, however, the listserv must either use the multipart/digest MIME-type to construct it, or it must decode the mails, convert them to a common character set, assemble them and maybe encode the whole thing again. I'm subscribed to individual messages, so I don't get the problem. And without checking how an actual digest looks 'on the wire', I can't tell you if the listserv is doing it wrong, or if your mail reader just doesn't understand what it is doing. -- Lars