[issue10284] Exception raised when decoding NNTP newsgroup descriptions
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Mon Nov 1 22:28:29 CET 2010
Julien ÉLIE <julien at trigofacile.com> added the comment:
Éric: there is no notion of encoding in a few NNTP commands.
Regarding AUTHINFO, the real string that I should have written is:
AUTHINFO USER \xC9ric
7-bit bytes are considered to be encoded in ASCII.
8-bit bytes are just 8-bit bytes. No encoding.
The news client and the news server have to agree on the setting. Authentification occurs between them.
I can imagine the news client in ISO-8859-1 and the news server in ISO-8859-15, and a password with a « € » sign in. Then the password will not be the "same" (when entered on the keyboard), but will match in bytes!
I hope my explanation was clear enough now.
No encoding, just byte strings here!
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