[TriLUG] strange chars/formatting in received e-mail

Lucas Myers lucas at unthunk.com
Thu Nov 10 14:51:45 EST 2011

Stuff like "â€" is usually a good indicator that something UTF-8 encoded is
being misinterpreted as ISO 8859-1.

On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM, Alexey Toptygin <alexeyt at freeshell.org>wrote:

> On Thu, 10 Nov 2011, Jym Williams Zavada wrote:
>  I use the same client, and see a similar problem on occasion.  I most
>> often use alpine on Mac OS X in the Terminal.app, but I also use alpine on
>> Linux. I don't recall ever seeing the problem on the latter, and on the
>> former it's only been a bother when I've tried to print out the messages.
>>  I've always assumed it's some sort of mismatch regarding character set
>> interpretation, and I figured eventually I'd get both alpine's and
>> Terminal.app's settings to coincide.  Even though I don't find it annoying,
>> I too am curious to find out what others have to say about this.
> I don't know about alpine, but the last release of pine has a bug that
> completely breaks non-ASCII characters in UTF-8 encoded mail (I know my
> terminal settings are correct because e.g. less can correctly display UTF-8
> text on my terminal). It can't even export the message correctly.
> Having looked at the pine code base, I am starting to think that any
> further development based on it is a mistake - there are some real Cthonic
> horrors in there. I love the pine interface, so I'm sticking with it for
> now, but I think the time is ripe for someone to write a work-alike
> implementation from scratch.
>                        Alexey
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