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Subject: Re: standards for iso encoding subject lines?
From: Russ Allbery <rra @ stanford . edu>
Organization: The Eyrie
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2003 11:26:03 -0700
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In-reply-to: <v0421010fbb06888a9c64 @ [66 . 92 . 48 . 201]> (Brent Chapman's message of "Fri, 6 Jun 2003 11:09:23 -0700")
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Brent Chapman <Brent @
 GreatCircle .
 COM> writes:
> At 10:38 AM -0700 6/6/03, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> 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?

I would consider that to be decoding for display.  Once the mail has
reached the final recipient (like an archive or an IMAP store), it's fine
to decode it.  You just can't decode it if you're going to continue to
send it on by SMTP.

-- 
Russ Allbery (rra @
 stanford .
 edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>



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