[Clip] Re: Andreas_K=FCst
- At 08:50 PM 01/09/2000 +0100, Andreas Küstermeyer wrote:
>Hi all,To expand on what Eric wrote:
>On the webside you see my name = Andreas_K=FCst. I do not
>know what there went wrong.
>Is it cause of the German <ü> in my name.
>How can I change it?
It almost certainly is because of the ü in your name. That is an 8-bit
character. SMTP, the protocol used to send email on the 'Net, is a
protocol that sort of assumes 7-bit characters -- while many systems will
handle the 8th bit correctly, SMTP does not guarantee the integrity of the
8th bit. Therefore, email senders generally encode anything using the 8th
bit. If the 8th bit is used a lot (as in binary files), MIME will encode
everything using BASE64 encoding. If there are just a few 8-bit
characters, MIME will use "quoted printable" encoding, in which 8-bit
characters (as well as any other characters US-ASCII views as
non-printable) as encoded as =xx, where xx indicates two hex digits
representing the character in question. If you consult an ANSI character
table, ü corresponds to =FC, which is the funny stuff you found in your
name. Exactly why the character got encoded but decoded here I do not know.