The `8conv` text encoding converter


Converts quoted-printable, UTF-8, UTF-16BE, UTF16LE to 8-bit.

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Command-line tool to decode text which has undergone MIME-typical encoding into (ISO-8859) 8-bit --- without having or parsing the relevant MIME type declarations.

Decodes quoted-printable sequences; handles UTF-8, UTF-16BE, UTF-16LE; optionally translates common characters from DOS or Windows code pages or HP-Roman8 into ISO-8859-1.

UCS characters can be mapped to 8-bit translation strings.

Single ISO C source file, "8conv.c".

Translation can be controlled through a configuration file, the sample file "8conv.conf" shows the syntax.

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  • Converts nearly any text encoding into ISO 8859-1.
  • Configurable translation of Unicode characters outside Latin 1.
  • Configurable input text encoding (eg HP-Roman8, DOS OEM).
  • Knows about MIME encodings.

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