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[Bug 13788] I think Gecko at least uses a charset parameter here that should probably be documented if more widely adopted.

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--- Comment #3 from Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> 2011-08-23 08:29:55 UTC ---
That was for the parts of a multipart submission.

For urlencoded submissions, we have some code to put the charset parameter in,
but it's been ifdefed out for nearly 12 years now.  There is relevant
discussion in https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=7533 (note all the
duplicates) and https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=18431#c2 (which is
a list of things that were broken at the time with the charset in the header).

So at least as of 1999 sending a charset here was not compatible with the web. 
I doubt much has changed since, sadly.  At least we have _charset_....

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