[Mailman-Users] Corrupt Chinese Emails from Subscribe

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Nov 12 11:01:00 CET 2014

Greg Sims writes:
 > Here is the URL to subscribe to the list:
 > http://www.raystedman.org/daily-devotions/subscribe/chinese
 > Thanks for helping Stephen.
 > Here is what the original line in verify.txt looks like:
 > 订阅邮件列表 %(listname)s 的确认通知
 > This appears quite different than the first line you included in your
 > email.  Do they look the same to you?

Yes, they do.  But did I forget to tell you that I was once a ranking
authority on Oriental text encodings, with a book, a chapter in
another, and three magazine articles on the subject? :-)  Of course I
cheated and invoked a decoder by hand, getting this:

    订阅邮件列表 Chinese-Devotion 的确认通知

My Chinese student tells me that the order of the sentences doesn't
seem very Chinese (probably a literal translation from the English
version?), but that each sentence is perfectly intelligible.  So I
think the problem is that for some reason Apple's mail client refused
to decode the UTF-8 and display Chinese, or something like that.  The
mail as sent by Mailman is almost surely not corrupted.

It will take a day or two for me to get back to this, I have a very
busy day tomorrow (reporting deadline to my employer for Japanese

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