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I use _InetSmtpMail to send a message incuding some special characters (german "umlaut" like öäü) in the body from a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (english) server to a Windows 7 (german) PC running Outlook 2010.

Unfortunately all special characters are displayed as "?" (question mark).

When I run MsgBox with Umlauts they are displayed correctly on the server. So I think it looks like a problem with _INetSmtpMail, Exchange, Outlook.

Is there anything I can do about it?

Thanks in advance!

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Purely out of curiosity, to narrow the issue, what happens when you try the same thing from the Win7 machine?

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Unfortunately I can't test because our security policy doesn't allow to send mails from my Windows 7 machine (only allowed program is Outlook).

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On 20/4/2012 at 9:15 PM, water said:

Unfortunately I can't test because our security policy doesn't allow to send mails from my Windows 7 machine (only allowed program is Outlook).

Hi all,

I have the same problem, I can see the symbol "€", always I get "?".

I have tried to use the character € and chr(128) but it's always the same result.

I use windows 10 and gmail account.

Is there someone who has got the solution?

 

Best regards.

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On 20/4/2012 at 9:31 AM, water said:

I use _InetSmtpMail to send a message incuding some special characters (german "umlaut" like öäü) in the body from a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (english) server to a Windows 7 (german) PC running Outlook 2010.

Unfortunately all special characters are displayed as "?" (question mark).

When I run MsgBox with Umlauts they are displayed correctly on the server. So I think it looks like a problem with _INetSmtpMail, Exchange, Outlook.

 

Is there anything I can do about it?

Thanks in advance!

Hi all,

I have the same problem, I can see the symbol "€", always I get "?".

I have tried to use the character € and chr(128) but it's always the same result.

I use windows 10 and gmail account.

Is there someone who has got the solution?

 

Best regards.

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Converting the text (and/or setting the mail program) to UTF8 should cure the issue.

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Hi All,

 I have solved the problem:

Just add before to send the mail:

$objEmail.BodyPart.Charset = "iso-8859-15"   ; You need to add this line if you want to use the € symbol
$objEmail.Fields.Update
;Sent the Message
$objEmail.Send

 

I used the funtion  _INetSmtpMailCom mentioned here:

 

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On 4/20/2012 at 9:31 AM, water said:

I use _InetSmtpMail to send a message incuding some special characters (german "umlaut" like öäü) in the body from a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (english) server to a Windows 7 (german) PC running Outlook 2010.

Unfortunately all special characters are displayed as "?" (question mark).

When I run MsgBox with Umlauts they are displayed correctly on the server. So I think it looks like a problem with _INetSmtpMail, Exchange, Outlook.

 

Is there anything I can do about it?

Thanks in advance!

Hi everyone,
I know I'm late on this, but I'd still like to share my solution that I haven't found anywhere else on the web/forum and also answers the actual question of this thread: Sending german umlaute / umlauts with _INetSmtpMail()

I checked the include folder (usually C:\Program Files\AutoIt3\Include) where Inet.au3 is located.
In there you'll find the function _INetSmtpMail() in Line 128.
Now if you search that function carefully, you'll find this part:

$aSend[4] = "From:" & $sFromName & "<" & $sFromAddress & ">" & @CRLF & _
            "To:" & "<" & $sToAddress & ">" & @CRLF & _
            "Subject:" & $sSubject & @CRLF & _
            "Mime-Version: 1.0" & @CRLF & _
            "Date: " & _DateDayOfWeek(@WDAY, 1) & ", " & @MDAY & " " & _DateToMonth(@MON, 1) & " " & @YEAR & " " & @HOUR & ":" & @MIN & ":" & @SEC & $iBias & @CRLF & _
            "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII" & @CRLF & _
            @CRLF

Notice the charset=US-ASCII
This is causing the behaviour of changing all umlauts to a question mark, because US-ASCII doesn't know them.
If you change this to what @abrgen posted..

On 9/8/2016 at 11:44 PM, abrgen said:

$objEmail.BodyPart.Charset = "iso-8859-15"   ; You need to add this line if you want to use the € symbol

.. or to Latin-9 (it's the same charset), the issue will be resolved :thumbsup:
I also tried to write UTF-8 there, but for some reason it's not resolving the issue :thumbsdown:

For me this was the better solution.

Also remember, that if you change the Inet.au3 locally and you re-install AutoIt or change your PC, the Inet.au3 File will have charset=US-ASCII in it again.
A parameter for _INetSmtpMail() to change the charset would be helpful.

Have a nice day.

Edited by Doniel
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