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Re: gnus should accept UTF8 even if UTF-8 is standard

From: Reiner Steib
Subject: Re: gnus should accept UTF8 even if UTF-8 is standard
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:03:28 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)

On Wed, Oct 15 2008, Ted Zlatanov wrote:

> Reiner Steib <address@hidden> wrote: 
>>>>> (define-coding-system-alias 'utf8 'utf-8)
>>>>> (define-coding-system-alias 'UTF8 'utf-8)
> KH> I agree that defining those aliases causes no problem.

BTW, is the uppercase variant useful?  AFAICS, it is the only
uppercase variant...

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grep -nH -e define-coding-system-alias.*[A-Z] *.el
mule-conf.el:1279:(define-coding-system-alias 'UTF8 'utf-8)

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> RS> I seem to recall that (define-coding-system-alias 'utf8 'utf-8) might
> RS> trigger Gnus into sending articles with "Content-type: text/plain;
> RS> charset=utf8" which would be plain wrong [1][2].  But I'm not sure.
> If it does we can fix it (maybe it can prefer the original coding system
> before trying its aliases).

On a second though, there must be such a check already, since there
are plenty of coding-system alias which aren't MIME charsets.

> RS> If it becomes a more frequent mistake, we might add (utf8 . utf-8) to
> RS> the default value `mm-charset-synonym-alist'.  I hesitate to pollute
> RS> `mm-charset-synonym-alist' by adding entries for each and every pilot
> RS> error.
> It's not a pilot error at this point, 

How do you know?

> the mangled names have been in common usage for years...

Not in the context of mail/news.  See the little statistics in the
above mentioned thread.

Bye, Reiner.
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