utf8 cipher text

Jacob Perkins jap1 at users.sourceforge.net
Thu Sep 19 03:33:02 CEST 2002

But what is gnupg's standard text encoding?  If it's different for plain
text and cipher text, please list both.

On Wed, 2002-09-18 at 09:52, Werner Koch wrote:
> On 18 Sep 2002 08:12:51 -0500, Jacob Perkins said:
> > Is encrypted text supposed to be utf8?  If not, what is the standard?
> It is not specified.  Some claim that with *cleartext* signatures the
> text should be utf-8 but for traditional reasons it is probably
> Latin-1 or DOC-CP437.  "cleartext" signatures are anyway deprecated in
> favor of PGP/MIME.
> User IDs and readable notation data should be UTF-8.  There is problem
> as well here: even PGP 7 seems to encode user IDs as Latin-1.  We have
> to live with these wrong encodings and frontends may use an heuristic
> approach to fix it.
> Shalom-Salam,
>    Werner
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