Charset for newsgroups file

Felix E. Klee felix.klee at
Wed Nov 3 12:35:17 UTC 2004

On Tue, 02 Nov 2004 09:43:37 -0800 Russ Allbery wrote:
> > Anyone: Is an extension planned that solves this problem?
> The solution is to mandate UTF-8 encoding and make all news readers
> understand that.

A bad idea, IMHO: Currently most news readers seems to assume Latin-1
encoding and people will continue using current readers for years to
come.  A simple solution to the problem would be mandating that the
encoding is specified on a line in the newsgroups file (e.g. "\encoding:
UTF-8").  Another solution would be introducing an NNTP command that
returns the encoding.  And so on ...


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