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    Hi all,

    I am using alpha to send emails from a database.
    In the database there is a text field that contains html. So that the user gets "html" mail.
    This works ok with one exception.
    If there are special characters like or in the text then the mailrecipient sees something very different.
    for example instead of

    If I display this text field in a browser then you see the correct characters (html memo display).

    I have tried a few things like adding a header
    pm.Headers = alltrim(str("Content-Type: text/html; charset=\"UTF-8\""))
    but unfortunately the original header is also in the resulting mail whith charset ="us-asci"

    I have also tried to htmlencode and base64encode the text but that doesnt help either :(

    Anybody any idea in which direction I have to look for a solution?


    Pieter Cremers

  • #2
    Re: Email special characters


    I am sure others could come up with a more elegant solution, but the following could work.
    Just drop the text into a variable and then use STRTRAN_MULTI()
    replacing the
    with é
    with û

    This site should give most of teh codes
    Chris Tanti
    Technical Support

    Nuance & Fathom Ltd - The data-driven marketing agency


    • #3
      Re: Email special characters

      Hi Chris

      Thank you very much.
      I got it working using this function to replace the special characters.



      • #4
        Re: Email special characters


        Take a look at the html_escape function:

        ? html_escape("entre") = = "entrée"

        Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand


        • #5
          Re: Email special characters

          Hi Frank,

          The html_escape and htmlencode functions are to good :)
          They not only replace but also < and " etc. and then <html>blabla</html> is no longer recognized as htmlmail. But it is plain text. Which doesnt look ok in the email client.

          thanks for the help



          • #6
            Re: Email special characters

            there is problem with some chars in html_escape
            = "&egrave;&aacute;&yacute;&yacute;&aacute;&egrave;&iacute;&Iuml;&Ograve;&Egrave;&Eacute;&Oacute;&ocirc;&auml;"
            is not converted ...

            and is there some function which can convert this:



            • #7
              Re: Email special characters


              Don't know if this is what you are looking for
              I solved my mail problem with this.
              You define the characters you want to translate = ss
              You define the characters you want them be be translated to = res
              You replace the characters in the string to get your result = strvar

              dim strvar as c
              dim ss as C
              dim res as C

              ss = "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "€" + crlf() + "" + crlf()
              ss = ss + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf()
              ss = ss + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf()
              ss = ss + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf()
              ss = ss + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf()
              ss = ss + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf() + "" + crlf()

              res = "&eacute;" + crlf() + "&aacute;" + crlf() + "&acute;" + crlf() + "&euro;" + crlf() + "&Ccedil;" + crlf()
              res = res + "&Auml;" + crlf() + "&Egrave;" + crlf() + "&Eacute;" + crlf()+ "&Euml;" + crlf() + "&ccedil;" + crlf()
              res = res + "&Iuml;" + crlf() + "&Ouml;" + crlf() + "&Uuml;" + crlf()+ "&szlig;" + crlf()
              res = res + "&agrave;" + crlf() + "&acirc;" + crlf() + "&atilde;" + crlf()+ "&auml;" + crlf()
              res = res + "&egrave;" + crlf() + "&ecirc;" + crlf() + "&euml;" + crlf()+ "&iuml;" + crlf()
              res = res + "&ouml;" + crlf() + "&uuml;" + crlf() + "&oslash;" + crlf()+ "&uacute;" + crlf()

              strvar = stritran_multi(strvar, ss, res)

              So maybe this works for you
              ss = "š" + crlf() + "č" + crlf()
              res = "&#x0161;" + crlf() + "&#x010D;" + crlf()



              • #8
                Re: Email special characters

                it's quit complicated, but thanks