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Gobbledegook in emails

newinvention
Grafter
Posts: 139
Registered: ‎30-07-2007

Gobbledegook in emails

Hi - I get an email newsletter from a well known organisation that is often full of gobbledegook - ie code-like stuff with squares where apostrophes should be etc. It makes it really difficult to read, and often I just don't bother.
Now, someone has just told me that one of my emails to him contained the same sort of rubbish -ie codey sort of stuff and I certainly wasn't aware of this when sending the email.
Anyone know what causes this code to appear? What can I do to stop it?
I'm using a standard Windows set up with OE6 on a PC as was my recipient.
Is it to do more with the recipient's set up than the sender's?
Thanks all  Smiley
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James
Grafter
Posts: 21,036
Registered: ‎04-04-2007

Re: Gobbledegook in emails

Hmm.  Maybe the sender has sent the email in HTML format whereas you have Outlook Express set to read the emails in plain text format?
newinvention
Grafter
Posts: 139
Registered: ‎30-07-2007

Re: Gobbledegook in emails

Thanks James - I just checked my settings in OE and I have not checked the 'read all messages in plain text' box?
Community Veteran
Posts: 14,469
Registered: ‎30-07-2007

Re: Gobbledegook in emails

Could be the character encoding is different between you and them - i.e. they use UTF-8 and you use ISO-8859-1 (Western European) where character codes differ.
Try changing the font setting in OE under Tools -> options -> read tab then fonts at the bottom