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Greek Character Encoding for Electronic Mail Messages (RFC1947)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004176D
Original Publication Date: 1996-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 6 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

D. Spinellis: AUTHOR

Abstract

Status of This Memo

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Network Working Group D. Spinellis

Request for Comments: 1947 SENA S.A.

Category: Informational May 1996

Greek Character Encoding for Electronic Mail Messages

Status of This Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Overview and Rational

This document describes a standard encoding for electronic mail

[RFC822] containing Greek text and provides implementation guide-

lines. The standard is based on MIME [RFC1521] and the ISO 8859-7

character encoding. Although the implementation of this standard is

straightforward several non-standard but "functional" - though

unlikely to inter-operate - alternatives are in common use. For this

reason we highlight common implementation and mail user agent setup

errors.

Description

In order to transfer Greek text via electronic mail the text is first

translated into the ISO 8859-7 character set, and then encoded using

either the Base64 (preferable for text that is mainly Greek) or the

Quoted-Printable (justifiable in cases where some Greek words appear

inside predominately Latin text) method, as defined in MIME.

The following table provides most common Greek encodings (see also

[RFC1345]):

0646 37 M7 51 MC 23 69 LG L1 G7 GO GC 28 97 Description

---- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -----------

0386 ea a2 86 cd 71 86 b6 Capital alpha with acute

0388 eb b8 8d ce 72 8d b8 Capital epsilon with

acute

0389 ec b9 8f d7 73 8f b9 Capital eta with acute

038a ed ba 90 d8 75 90 ba Capital iota with acute

038c ee bc 92 d9 76 92 bc Capital omicron with

acute

038e ef be 95 da 77 95 be Capital upsilon with

acute

038f f0 bf 98 df 78 98 bf Capital omega with acute

0390 c0 a1 fd a1 c0 Small iota with acute and

diaeresis

0391 80 c1 a4 b0 41 a4 61 41 61 41 41 c1 Capital alpha

0392 81 c2 a5 b5 42 a5 62 42 62 42 42 c2 Capital beta

0393 82 c3 a6 a1 43 a6 67 23 43 67 43 44 c3 Capital gamma

0394 83 c4 a7 a2 44 a7 64 40 44 64 44 45 c4 Capital delta

0395 84 c5 a8 b6 45 a8 65 45 65 45 46 c5 Capital epsilon

0396 85 c6 a9 b7 46 a9 7a 46 7a 46 49 c6 C...