Re: [Mutt] #1317: wish $edit_charset
> The author of this wish list item is complaining that if he uses
> ISO-8859-1, he can't retain curly quotes in his replies. ISO-8859-1
> has none; he's dealing with a misconfigured Windows mailer that's
> labeling Windows-1252 (or similar) as ISO-8859-1. This is a
> suggestion to add a gross hack to work around a brokenness in another
No, you did not understand the problem and what the user wants. The
user wants to edit the message in UTF-8 even though his terminal uses
another charset. This is possible with most editors nowadays: they
can handle UTF-8 internally, even though the locale is something
like ISO-8859-1. If such an editor uses its own window, then it will
ignore the locale there (it can display UTF-8). If the editor uses
the terminal window, it does charset translation/transliteration for
the *display* only; internally, the original UTF-8 characters remain
Note that this is an option: the user will not be forced to use a
different charset for the terminal and for the file to be edited.
> This "bug" is 7 years old, and there remain few genuine obstacles to
> adopting UTF-8.
There are still some places where UTF-8 is badly handled, e.g.
in terminals. Also I move from time to time and I sometimes use
other people's machines to read my mail via ssh; and UTF-8 isn't
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