Subject: Re: finger
To: Kimmo Suominen <>
From: None <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/09/2002 00:52:44
>In e-mail (MIME) the server (sender) does not know the character set of
>the clients (recipients).  It labels what it sends, and the client is
>left to deal with representing the data to the user.  In other words,
>the client character set is *not* communicated to the server.
>However, the above is off-topic here, because we are not talking about
>extending the protocol.  However, my changes do not preclude a protocol
>extension from being developed and implemented.

	what i have been pointing out is that without protocol extension
	we cannot properly multilingualize finger.  your change just ignores
	the (critical) problem.  imagine i (using euc-jp) finger you (using
	iso-8859-1) and see garbled output.