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[tlug] Re: Hotmail mail encoding

From: Stuart Luppescu <>
Hi, My wife got a message from someone with a hotmail account but it was
完全文字化け。I tried setting the encoding for reading the message to
UTF-8, shit_jis, iso-2022-jp and euc-jp. No matter what I tried, it was
garbage. The message source looks like this:


Anyone know what the story is with this? What's hotmail doing to it's
Japanese messages?

Hmm. Looks like Shit_JIS it "quoted printable" encapsulation. What did the MIME headers (if any) say? (A well-behaved MUA will decode those =XX thingos, but only if the MIME headers says they exist.)

Wonder how thay got Hotmail to do that? Whenever I try Hotmail in Japanese
it just uses those horrible entity codes.

Jim Breen
Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Clayton School of Information Technology,
Monash University, VIC 3800, Australia

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