Can't get mailto: to work properly with scandinavian characters in Outlook and Opera Mail

Posted on 2007-08-12
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When opening the mailto links the scandinavian characters will show up mangled in Outlook and Opera but correctly in Thunderbird.

If I change the encoding in firefox to ISO-8859-1 then Outlook will be correct but Opera still mangles it.

Settings on the server (Fedora Core 5):


AddDefaultCharset UTF-8

Any tips?
Question by:johnnybaluba
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If you are using Web based mail, you should set:

AddDefaultCharset  off

in your httpd.conf, then restart apache.

To make it display Language other than the deafult Language for your OS correctly.

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I'm not using web based mail, but creating web pages with mailto:-links. I'm trying to standarize on UTF8 but it seems that Outlook has got some problems with that.

I can set defaultcharset off and use the meta tag in the html header to use ISO-8859-1 but that is not really the solution I'm after. However if that's the only way I'll have to go for that.
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Hi there,
It may be the sending, not the receiving that is the problemo, take a look at this


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Well, the problem occurs already when creating the email, ie just after clicking on the mailto-link. æøå becomes æøå.

However setting AddDefaultCharset off and then setting charset=ISO-8859-1 in the html header fixes it. It feels like a step backwards though but it's the only way to get Outlook to behave it seems. Can't get Opera Mail to work no matter what I do. Kind of odd since it is a norwegian based company.

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