Some users report that people trying to read their messages in other mail clients see scrambled international characters. Instead of Ã¥, Ã„, ?É¬?, Ã–, Ã¤, and Ã¶ they see things Chinese characters and other weird marks. Often the people seeing the scrambled text are using Outlook/Outlook Express.
One work-around for this has been posted by Klas Ahlin on the Apple Discussion Board. You need to force Mail to compose in Unicode (UTF-8) in Plain text and RTF. This involves entering some text in the Terminal window.
1. Quit Mail.
2. Open Terminal ( in your ~/Applications/Utilities folder).
3. Type (or cut and paste):
4. Open Mail and in Preferences -> Composing, choose “Rich text” and “Use the same format as the original message”.
All mails now composed with mixed content of rich text, graphics, attachments and International characters will be properly presented for Windows Outlook/Outlook Express users. Now all MIME sections will have UTF-8 as their encoding.
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