Gmail corrupting spaces in plain-text mail?
dave.martin at linaro.org
Wed Mar 21 15:55:28 UTC 2012
Does anybody know how to stop the Gmail webmail frontend from corrupting sequences of space characters in preformatted text?
When replying to a plaintext mail, Gmail seems to turn every second space into an ISO8859-1/Unicode non-breaking space character (U00A0). This seems to be a workaround for broken mail readers which would incorrectly collapse spaces in implicitly fixed-format text in received messages. Unfortunately, it's also an effective workaround for correct behaviour by properly-implemented mail clients. Direct replies via SMTP to smtp.googlemail.com don't get destroyed in this way, unless a broken client is used is used to generate the reply.
This seems to be the cause behind patch discussion threads turning, sooner or later, into a mass of ? characters (this is what some agents like Mutt squash non-ascii characters to when quoting the original message in ascii plaintext replies -- this compounds the problem but is not the root cause -- the text is already badly damaged by this stage).
Apart from "never reply to patches via webmail", does anyone know a workaround?
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Can Gmail do it ... ??
On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM, Dave Martin <dave.martin at linaro.org> wrote:
> two spaces
> is a pain
Dave Martin <dave.martin at linaro.org>
Linaro Kernel Working Group
http://www.linaro.org/ -- Open source software for ARM SoCs
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