[rfc-i] Broken MUAs, was: Comments on draft-flanagan-nonascii-03

Leonard Rosenthol lrosenth at adobe.com
Thu Oct 30 10:06:02 PDT 2014

My Outlook (Mac) is configured to send both HTML and plain text as UTF-8.
Would you recommend something else?

On 10/30/14, 12:20 PM, "Julian Reschke" <julian.reschke at greenbytes.de>

>On 2014-10-30 16:06, Dale R. Worley wrote:
>> While we're talking about document representation issues, I have this
>> question:
>>> From: Leonard Rosenthol <lrosenth at adobe.com>
>>> Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:03:41 +0000
>>> Accept-Language: en-US
>>> Cc: RFC Interest <rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org>,
>>>          Heather Flanagan <rse at rfc-editor.org>
>> [archived at 
>>> I can comment on two that I have authored standards for:
>> [...]
>>> Leonard
>>> P.S. I am NOT saying the IETF should follow suit, just answering Joe¹s
>>> question.
>> On my mail reader, the character between "Joe" and "s" is a
>> superscript "1".  Looking at it more carefully, it is U+00B9, which is
>> indeed a superscript "1" character
>> (http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0080.pdf).  My mail processor
>> claims to have autoconverted it from quoted-printable to 8bit, so I
>> don't completely trust what I see.
>> But looking at the web archive version, the character displays as a
>> superscript "1" there also, and examining the character displayed by
>> the browser shows that it is U+00B6.
>> Looking at the Unicode tables
>> (http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2000.pdf), it seems to me that the
>> desired character is U+2019 "RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK", which is
>> annotated "this is the preferred character to use for apostrophe".
>> This is not the only instance I've seen of this substitution.  Does
>> anyone know what is going on and how to fix it?
>> ...
>I believe it's a bug (or misconfiguration) in Outlook (on Mac).
>Best regards, Julian

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