[Mailman-Users] language encoding for archives

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Fri Apr 28 07:11:25 CEST 2006

kristina clair wrote:

>On 4/27/06, Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net> wrote:
>> It depends which archive pages you're talking about. The table of
>> contents is rebuilt with every message and should be OK. The periodic
>> (monthly) index pages are only rebuilt when a post is added so old
>> periods are not usually updated. The html message pages themselves are
>> never updated.
>> Thus if you make changes that affect these such as changing the list
>> language, you have to rebuild the archives to update most of the html
>> pages. See
>> bin/arch --help
>Hmmm, I just regenerated the archives, and the table of contents page
>looks the same.

As I said above, the table of contents is rebuilt with every message,
so rebuilding the archive won't change it unless there were no
messages since the language change.

>According to the html header, the page is using
>charset utf-8, so the text is just a lot of symbols.  The main list
>info page has cyrillic characters, but no charset specified in the
>html.  I think what this particular list manager wants is for the
>archive page to show cyrillic characters - is that possible?
>I'm not entirely sure which language he has selected because
>everything is in the other language (even the output of
>bin/config_list?), but if I'm reading the cyrillic right then it might
>be Ukrainian.

If the list language is Ukranian, the character set should be utf-8.
One potential issue is that the web server can be overriding this with
its own Content-Transfer-Encoding: header that specifies something
other than utf-8.

See the material near the bottom of the page at

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
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