Closed Bug 941545 Opened 6 years ago Closed 6 years ago
Default to UTF-8 for outgoing email for the en-US locale
It appears that bug 862292 is considered too drastic at this time due to feature phones in Japan, etc., I suggest taking a baby step that doesn't disrupt the Japanese localization but tests the waters for using UTF-8 for outgoing email: making the en-US locale default to UTF-8 for outgoing email. The following Thunderbird locales already default to UTF-8 for outgoing email: Arabic Belarusian Greek Farsi Georgian Macedonian South Ndebele Panjabi Polish Romanian Russian Serbian Swati Southern Sotho Tsonga Venda Vietnamese Xhosa Traditonal Chinese Zulu For the African languages, UTF-8 is required. However, it's notable that the above list includes languages that do have 8-bit legacy encodings (Arabic, Belarusion, Greek, Farsi, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Vietnamese, Traditional Chinese). If these locales can get away with sending UTF-8, chances are English could, too, considering that most English email exercises just the ASCII range anyway. If the en-US locale switched, maybe some other locales would switch, too, making fixing bug 862292 eventually a non-event.
Yes, lets do this as a first step. If it works out, maybe in a release or two we can get rid of the pref completely.
Comment on attachment 8343686 [details] [diff] [review] proposed fix r=Standard8 for the mail and mailnews/ parts. Locales won't necessarily pick this up by default (due to not changing the string name, but needing to keep it consistent here for prefs), so I'd suggest a post to l10n when this lands explaining the change and why we've done it and suggest that locales might want to review their defaults as well.
Attachment #8343686 - Flags: review?(mbanner) → review+
Had to fix two tests... So, do you want this for SeaMonkey?
Comment on attachment 8355761 [details] [diff] [review] proposed fix, v2 Review of attachment 8355761 [details] [diff] [review]: ----------------------------------------------------------------- Trying IanN instead
Iann/Karsten: can you decide if you want it or not. I plan to land the tb/core changes soon.
Comment on attachment 8355761 [details] [diff] [review] proposed fix, v2 Having spoken with Neil, neither of us has a strong objection to this happening so r=me
Attachment #8355761 - Flags: review?(iann_bugzilla) → review+
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Closed: 6 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → Thunderbird 29.0
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