At 10:38 AM -0700 6/6/03, Russ Allbery wrote:
Nick Simicich <njs @
> Just as a point: This is a really poorly thought out RFC. You might
> want to decode those in your MTA or mailing list manager before
> forwarding them to your subscribers. You *can't* safely do so.
Why do you want to do that? Certainly you're not allowed to do that
within that RFC because doing so would break the e-mail protocol. The
whole reason why RFC 2047 exists is because 8-bit characters are not
allowed in RFC 822 and RFC 2822 headers.
Let's say I have an archive of email messages to a list, and want to
create an index by subject, or to enable searches by subject. How am
I supposed to do this if the Subject header is encoded, and I'm not
supposed to decode it except for display?
Similar problem with Base64-encoded message bodies (jeez, I hate Outlook).
I agree with Nick here: ISO-encoded subject lines are a "solution" to
a non-problem, where the people putting for the solution apparently
didn't think through most of the consequences of what they were
Brent Chapman <brent @