Charset for newsgroups file

Felix E. Klee felix.klee at
Sun Oct 31 14:42:17 UTC 2004


I wonder what character set should be used in the file newsgroups
containing newsgroup descriptions.  I tried UTF-8, but I didn't find a
single news reader that interpreted that correctly.

Some findings:

- According to RFC 977, NNTP supports only ASCII.

- According to draft-ietf-nntpext-base-24 UTF-8 will be the new
  character set.

- Some groups in the fr. hierarchy contain characters seem to follow
  ISO 8859-1 encoding.


Should I stick to ISO 8859-1 for the time being?


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