Lotus Notes TimeZone specifier (eg: ZE5B) not handled in Date: header field

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enhancement
12 years ago
4 years ago

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(Reporter: wmeier, Unassigned)

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(Whiteboard: [lotus notes])

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12 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.8.1.5) Gecko/20070718 Fedora/2.0.0.5-1.fc7 Firefox/2.0.0.5
Build Identifier: version 2.0.0.5 (20070719)

1. In the folder message list pane I noticed that certain received messages did not sort in correct date/time order (and showed a time which did not take into account the sender TZ); 

2. Those messages turned out to have a Date: header similar to the following:
   <snip>
   Date: 16-Aug-2007 18:47:37 ZE5B
   <snip>

The mailer was Lotus Notes:
   X-Mailer: Lotus Notes Release 6.5.2 June 01, 2004

3. A little searching on the web shows that this type of TZ abbreviation is used by at least some versions of Lotus Notes. (For example: see IBM Lotus Notes Technote: http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21090789). 

4. I think Thunderbird should also handle TZ specifiers of this format.

I do note that RFC 2822 considers this type of TZ specifier to be obsolete.

That being said: other EMail programs apparently do handle this format and clearly EMails with this TZ format are still currently being generated; 



Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
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(In reply to comment #0)
> X-Mailer: Lotus Notes Release 6.5.2 June 01, 2004
> IBM Lotus Notes Technote: http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21090789). 

(A) When Lotus Notes R6 & ZE5B, "(GMT+05:30)" looks to be true.
(B) But when Date: ... ZE5B, is "Lotus Notes" & "(GMT+05:30)" always true?
Is there any official document for (B)?   

> 4. I think Thunderbird should also handle TZ specifiers of this format.

RFC 2822 clearly says time zone like ZE5B is obsolete(obs-zone), and permits that client considers it as +0000.
> Other multi-character (usually between 3 and 5) alphabetic time zones
> have been used in Internet messages.  Any such time zone whose
> meaning is not known SHOULD be considered equivalent to "-0000"
> unless there is out-of-band information confirming their meaning.

Why "should"?
Is there no way to setup old Lotus Notes or Domono to use non-obsolete time zone format defined by RFC2822, especially when transfer mail to outside of intranet, to The Internet?
Isn't it enhancement request for user's convenience?
(In reply to comment #1)

> Isn't it enhancement request for user's convenience?

I think it is.
Severity: normal → enhancement
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Component: Mail Window Front End → Backend
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Linux → All
Product: Thunderbird → MailNews Core
QA Contact: front-end → backend
Whiteboard: [lotus notes]
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