message settings which ones?

  Muergo 12:23 18 Nov 2010

I have just had an e-mail returned as being illegible because it was in Unicode.

I have never worked out what settings need to be activated, apart from english the other options such as western european and unicode etc are a mystery to me as to what are the usual settings for this part of the world.

I am still getting problems with sending to some sites using HTML, for those I have to select plain text, is it me or them that need to change settings, how can I set up so that everyone can read my messages clearly.

  onthelimit 13:04 18 Nov 2010

Which email prog are you using?

  Muergo 19:13 18 Nov 2010

Outlook Express, the problem recipients seem to be on G-Mail and in Hong Kong as far as language is concerned.

XP SP3 but irrespective of e-mail what keyboard settings/ language settings are normal for Uk.
There are so many alternatives I am not sure what to select.

  Muergo 02:38 20 Nov 2010

Has anyone any ideas as to how to set up the message protocols, whats Unicode or Western European, then there's ISO... and so on, I know not to choose Arabic but which of the others are normal for U.K.

  lotvic 10:38 20 Nov 2010

Mine is set at Western European (Windows)

  Muergo 12:27 20 Nov 2010

What made you choose that one, and what is Unicode?

  northumbria61 13:05 20 Nov 2010

It's not in simple terms but you asked "What is Unicide" - click here

  northumbria61 13:06 20 Nov 2010

Or Here - click here

  sunnystaines 14:08 20 Nov 2010

some of the emails you sent to my gmail recently were a mass of code, but managed to read the message between the masses of code.

not sure how to fix it, i thought it had just got corrupted in transit between servers

  Muergo 14:16 20 Nov 2010

Yes Sunny staines, see my other thread, it wasn't this question but whether to use plaintext or HTML which I have been using.

As I posted just now, although most recipients didn't have trouble with my messages, those on Gmail did, so I am changing my default to plaintext and see how that goes.

All I want is a guide as to which settings for language, format etc are used by most people so I can follow suit.

  lotvic 17:59 21 Nov 2010

If you rightclick on one of your received emails (no need to open it) and click on Properties > Details tab you can see what format they sent it to you. If you further click on 'Message Source' button you will get a few more details.
e.g. pca newsletter is:-
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-15
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
personal one from USA:-
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="part1_7714.4a434c5c.3a09a255_boundary"
one from someone using Incredimail:-
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: Multipart/related;
notification one from Facebook:-
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
from gmail with some pics in:-
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed;
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Content-Type: image/jpeg; name=30102010948.jpg
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Disposition: inline; filename=30102010948.jpg

They seem to then have differing settings, so I can't really advise what to set yours at, you might have to just do 'trial and error'

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