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Can Exchange 2003 handle accents in email addresses

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We have users in France who are using our English language installed Exchange server. Emails sent to their customers or contacts that have accents or other non-standard characters in their email address are rejected as undeliverable by the Exchange Server. is their a way to allow these characters.
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Hi,

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but accented characters are disallowed by exchange servers and as far as a i know, all other characters.

The reason for this as far as i am aware is to do with character sets and standardisation.  Also, it is partly to do with legacy technologies which cannot process disallowed characters.  Its also a standardisation issue whereby there are a set of standardly allowed and disallowed characters for email addresses and the french accented characters (along with spanish, and the german double dot thingie) are all on the disallowed list.

There is no way around this other than to change the users smtp email address.  

Sorry,

Ben
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