Gmail corrupting spaces in plain-text mail?

Amber Graner amber.graner at linaro.org
Wed Mar 21 16:20:22 UTC 2012


I had this happen as well, when using gmail in Chromium for things that I
would cut and paste; however, it did not happen in Firefox.  The way I
worked around it was to use Firefox or barring that I would save the email
as a draft, open it back up fix the spaces, then resave as a draft and view
it again to make sure the formatting didn't disappear. (however that was a
pain).  I spoke to the Google guys about this at Connect, they said they
were aware and working on a fix, but that's about all I know at the moment.

Cheers,
Amber

On 21 March 2012 12:06, Joey STANFORD <joey at linaro.org> wrote:

> Not much help but the going work-around is to not use the webmail
> interface for this and use  mutt, thunderbird, etc. via imap and smtp.
>  The added advantage there is you can add extensions to linkify bugs
> and such for places like launchpad, bugzilla, etc..
>
> J
>
> On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Dave Martin <dave.martin at linaro.org>
> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > 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).
> >
> > See:
> >  * http://www.ieft.org/rfc/rfc2646.txt
> >  * http://lists.luv.asn.au/pipermail/luv-main/2011-November/000580.html
> >
> >
> > Apart from "never reply to patches via webmail", does anyone know a
> workaround?
> >
> > Cheers
> > ---Dave
> >
> > ----- Forwarded message from Dave Martin <dave.martin at linaro.org> -----
> >
> > MIME-Version: 1.0
> > Received: by 10.52.19.176 with HTTP; Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:31:28 -0700
> (PDT)
> > In-Reply-To: <20120321153006.GA2064 at linaro.org>
> > References: <20120321153006.GA2064 at linaro.org>
> > Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:31:28 +0000
> > Delivered-To: dave.martin at linaro.org
> > Message-ID: <
> CA+wbFdezDj3J8zsUMjZ4bky6C6dHdGJVnAwxFDfiN7-JKrsPdA at mail.gmail.com>
> > Subject: Re: Gmail test
> > From: Dave Martin <dave.martin at linaro.org>
> > To: Dave Martin <dave.martin at linaro.org>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
> > Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
> >
> > Can Gmail do it ... ??
> > Come on!
> >
> > On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM, Dave Martin <dave.martin at linaro.org>
> wrote:
> >> two  spaces
> >>
> >> preformatted
> >>  text
> >>    is a pain
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Dave Martin <dave.martin at linaro.org>
> > Linaro Kernel Working Group
> >
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