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Re: Using UTF-8 with the mailto: method of sending mail

From: Barry Caplan <bcaplan@i18n.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 08:01:37 -0800
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20021125075818.20455c78@mail.i18n.com>
To: "Paul Deuter" <Paul.Deuter@plumtree.com>, <www-international@w3.org>

At 11:20 PM 11/24/2002 -0800, Paul Deuter wrote:

>Does anyone know if it is possible to use UTF-8 in a mailto: URL specification?
>
>When I use this with IE and MS Outlook, it seems that only plain text encoded in 
>Windows-1252 works.  I have tried encoding the UTF-8 as %HH %HH but those
>octets are still treated as Windows-1252.
>
>Is there a way to encode such an URL in Unicode?

The only valid characters in an email address to the left of the @ sign are a subset of ascii. I forget the RFC number OTTOMH, but I could look it up for you if you really need it. Anything else goes through by the grace of god, but you shouldn't expect it to.

Barry Caplan
www.i18n.com
Received on Monday, 25 November 2002 10:59:13 GMT

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