Email subject line showing =?us-ascii?Q in front of actual subject

Email subject line showing =?us-ascii?Q in front of actual subject

Post by U1c » Thu, 19 Nov 2009 13:58:01


Hi,
Currently, I am using Outlook Express and sometimes I will see "=?us-ascii?"
in front of my email acutal subject text. For example: "=?us-ascii?Test
e-mail?" If I highlight the email and view the preview, I will see the email
subject is only showing the actual email subject - "Test e-mail". Wondering
if anyone can help me to understand why or when Outlook Express is showing
"=?us-ascii?" in front of the actual subject text? However, if I use Outlook
2007 or hotmail to view the same email, I won't see it. So I am thinking
it's related to Outlook Express only?
 
 
 

Email subject line showing =?us-ascii?Q in front of actual subject

Post by PA Bear [M » Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:21:10

Windows version?

So you only see if you open the message and don't see it in the Preview
pane?

Open such a message and tell me what's selected here: View | Encoding

 
 
 

Email subject line showing =?us-ascii?Q in front of actual subject

Post by VanguardL » Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:42:41


The =?<charset>?<encoding>?<encodedtext>?= is a means of UTF encoding
the content (i.e., to add Unicode support for e-mail which is
transmitted using ASCII characters). In this case, it was stupid to
"encode" the string using ASCII since ASCII is the base character set.
UTF is often used to encode a string using different characters sets
often but not always to support other languages.

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

It appears that whomever is sending an encoded string in the Subject
doesn't understand the correct syntax as noted in RFC 2047. Since it is
screwed up, the e-mail client can't handle it. Of course, it's possible
you copied it incorrectly.
 
 
 

Email subject line showing =?us-ascii?Q in front of actual subject

Post by Michael Sa » Fri, 20 Nov 2009 07:44:02

Whenever I've seen that, it's always been spam or a virus. And it's
because the spam or virus generating program screwed up the message
format.

Are any of those valid messages from your friends or family?

--

Mike - http://www.yqcomputer.com/