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Re: [tlug] Re: Hotmail mail encoding

Stuart Luppescu wrote:
On æ, 2007-04-22 at 14:40 +1000, Jim Breen wrote:
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 its
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.

Well, when I forwarded the message from my wife's computer (with Outlook) the original headers were not preserved (and I'm too lazy to go upstairs and copy the info from her computer), but I sent myself a message from hotmail, and, mirabile dictu, gmail displays it correctly, but evolution just shows this:


Here are the headers from the message I sent to myself:

Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed

No info on encoding or charset.

Could the fact that I set my default encoding in Firefox to UTF-8 be
related to this?

Kind of sounds to me like Evolution wasn't compiled with multi language support (--enable-nls), however it is hard to believe that this is the case now a days. What distro are you using? On the windows side, I can tell you I have had problems with shift_jis messages, however usually installing all the Asian language support files works, although I am going to guess that this has already been done.


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