How do I decode unicode characters in the subject using email.message_from_string()?

Roy H. Han starsareblueandfaraway at
Wed Feb 25 10:17:22 EST 2009

Cool, it works!

Thanks, RDM, for stating the right approach.
Thanks, Steve, for teaching by example.

I wonder why the email.message_from_string() method doesn't call
email.header.decode_header() automatically.

On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM,  <rdmurray at> wrote:
> Steve Holden <steve at> wrote:
>> >>> from email.header import decode_header
>> >>> print
>> decode_header("=?us-ascii?Q?Inteum_C/SR_User_Tip:__Quick_Access_to_Recently_Opened_Inteu?=\r\n\t=?us-ascii?Q?m_C/SR_Records?=")
>> [('Inteum C/SR User Tip:  Quick Access to Recently Opened Inteum C/SR
>> Records', 'us-ascii')]
>> >>>
> It is interesting that decode_header does what I would consider to be
> the right thing (from a pragmatic standpoint) with that particular bit
> of Microsoft not-quite-standards-compliant brain-damage; but, removing
> the tab is not in fact standards compliant if I'm reading the RFC
> correctly.
> --RDM
> --

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