[Bug 736849] [NEW] Sender header change to improve Outlook

Joseph Brennan 736849 at bugs.launchpad.net
Thu Mar 17 14:18:42 CET 2011

Public bug reported:

FAQ 2.3 describes problems with Outlook's ugly display of Sender "on
behalf of" From, giving the example as "From listname-
bounces at mailman.server.com On behalf of fred at poster.domain.com".  But
Outlook prefers to show the real name and hide the Internet address,
when a real name is present.  Most commonly the From would be "From:
Fred Example <fred at poster.domain.com>" and as a result Outlook would
display "From listname-bounces at mailman.server.com On behalf of Fred

If Mailman wrote the Sender header with a real name Outlook would show
the name there too. For example, if the list name (local part) were
inserted, thus "Sender: listname <listname-bounces at mailman.server.com>",
then Outlook would display "From listname on behalf of Fred Example"
which is much better in appearance and still complies with using a
Sender header.

RFC 2822 allows Sender to contain a real name.
sender          =       "Sender:" mailbox CRLF
mailbox         =       name-addr / addr-spec
name-addr       =       [display-name] angle-addr

** Affects: mailman
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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