Question about character encoding and old email

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Post Posted March 31st, 2018, 3:20 pm

Hi! After importing a ton of email from Outlook Express into Thunderbird, my friend noticed something odd when replying to one of the old Outlook Express imported messages. He's running Thunderbird 38.5.0 on Windows XP and the character encoding settings are the default Thunderbird settings. Outgoing mail is encoded as UTF-8 and incoming mail is encoded as Western (ISO-8859-1). Messages he reads are displayed with "Western" encoding. Cool.

When replying to a message originally received by Outlook Express, his sent message contains strange characters in it. Here's an example:
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Hello again.� Weather looks great.� I am looking forward to going outside.

Looking at the message to which he responded, I found the message is encoded as Windows-1252.

My question: is there any way for him to respond to his old Outlook Express e-mail, which is encoded as Windows-1252, such that the strange symbols don't appear, as shown above?

Thanks in advance!


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Post Posted April 1st, 2018, 8:51 am

Windows 1252 is a superset of Western. Try changing the incoming mail character set to UTF-8 too. Hopefully that will solve the display problem. UTF-8 is a version of Unicode designed for backwards compatibility - the first 128 characters correspond one to one with ASCII.

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