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Re: Are international characters allowed in email addresses?

From: Patrik Fältström <paf@cisco.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 11:11:31 -0700
To: Eric Brunner-Williams in Portland Maine <brunner@nic-naa.net>
cc: Eric Brunner-Williams in Portland Maine <brunner@nic-naa.net>, Keith Moore <moore@cs.utk.edu>, Eric Brunner-Williams <wampum@maine.rr.com>, discuss@apps.ietf.org, brunner@nic-naa.net
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--On 01-06-28 13.18 -0400 Eric Brunner-Williams in Portland Maine
<brunner@nic-naa.net> wrote:

> I don't get the point of your final sentence.

Quite a number of charsets (including UTF-8) use more than 8 bit per
character. Because of that, the protocol and the applications which use a
textual based protocol need to operate on characters, and not 8-bit blocks,
and because of this understand the (variable?) size of a character.

This is one of the reasons why the encoding MIME uses works well for
"comments" but very badly for other data in headers in email messages.

   paf
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