Re: [patch] be more liberal in accepting wrongly encoded national chars
- From: Albrecht Dreß <albrecht dress arcor de>
- To: Steffen Klemer <masterofheap gmx net>
- Cc: balsa-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: [patch] be more liberal in accepting wrongly encoded national chars
- Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 18:14:23 +0100
Am 09.02.03 14:42 schrieb(en) Steffen Klemer:
> Why make balsa even more complicate to underrstand and configure for
> people don't want to know anything 'bout "charset", "encoding" and
> Other mailers can handle such clutter as well!?
> A possible solution for me would be to guess the default-charset from
> the locale (it was invented for things like that) and put a small txt
> telling that Balsa presumes it is an "...-Mail".
The locale is not the complete solution. If you use e.g. de_DE@iso-10646,
you're lost. If the broken mail comes from a Microsnot system, chances are
high that the contents is windows-1252, which is almost (but not
completely) 8859-1. So either we simply stick to the standards (which are
pretty clear at this point, as Carlos said!) and say that the mail is
broken and leave the user with the problem to read the stuff. Or we offer
some control (and some words in the faq's of course...) over what to
display. At least, this will be better than the status of balsa 1 (see
Carlos' earlier explanation).
However, I completely agree with you that the config dialog is somewhat
crowded, and things will get worse when we e.g. have (hopefully soon!!!)
gpg support. It might be a good idea to divide the options into "basic"
and "expert" stuff, and to carefully choose reasonable defaults for the
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