[Python-Dev] email header encoding

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Sat Apr 11 14:33:33 CEST 2009

Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> Robert Brewer writes:
>  > Syntactically, there's no sense in providing:
>  > 
>  >     Message.set_header('Subject', 'Some text', encoding='utf-16')
>  > 
>  > ...since you could more clearly write the same as:
>  > 
>  >     Message.set_header('Subject', 'Some text'.encode('utf-16'))
> Which you now must *parse* and guess the encoding to determine how to
> RFC-2047-encode the binary mush.  I think the encoding parameter is
> necessary here.


>  > But it would be far easier to do all the encoding at once in an
>  > output() or serialize() method. Do different headers need different
>  > encodings?
> You can have multiple encodings within a single header (and a naïve

"can" and "should" are two very different things.
When is it even a good idea to have more than one encoding in a single 


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