[tz] Charset for Digest Emails

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at Shaw.ca
Tue Jan 31 03:19:52 UTC 2023

On 2023-01-30 19:30, Owen Leibman via tz wrote:
> I have been subscribed to the “tz digest”, which comes out about once a day. Whenever a non-ASCII character is part of the message, it is rendered as multiple question marks. This seems to be because the message is sent with a header:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> This is only a minor nuisance. However, as an experiment, I changed my subscription to receive the messages directly rather than in digest form. A message today used an emoji outside the ASCII range, and it was rendered exactly as intended. It came with the following header:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"; format=flowed
> Is there a setting that could/should be changed so that the digest is sent with the same header?
> This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential, proprietary and intended solely for the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please delete it immediately.

Were your digests in plain text or MIME?
Does changing that selection make any difference?

Given that content comes from all around the world and often contains non-ASCII 
and non-English text, normally in UTF-8, and patches use UTF-8, it would make 
sense for both plain text and MIME content to default to UTF-8.

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis			Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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