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reading .msg files from MS Outlook

From: Buchs, Kevin J.
Subject: reading .msg files from MS Outlook
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:06:49 -0500
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From time to time I want to open a .msg file which has been created from Outlook in emacs on GNU/Linux. The file is a mixed binary/text compound document. I'm interested in the text and in the sections that contain that, apparently there is a 16-bit encoding where the upper byte is null (for English text). But, double nulls mean something different.

I just gave my 'ol college try at employing a variety of character encodings when reading the file to no avail. In the past I did some complex replacements to get rid of nulls and still keep word separation.

I have to wonder, is there a better way?

-- Kevin Buchs

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