MailMessage.HeadersEncoding Property


Gets or sets the encoding used for the user-defined custom headers for this email message.

 property System::Text::Encoding ^ HeadersEncoding { System::Text::Encoding ^ get(); void set(System::Text::Encoding ^ value); };
public System.Text.Encoding? HeadersEncoding { get; set; }
public System.Text.Encoding HeadersEncoding { get; set; }
member this.HeadersEncoding : System.Text.Encoding with get, set
Public Property HeadersEncoding As Encoding

Property Value


The encoding used for user-defined custom headers for this email message.


The value of the HeadersEncoding property defaults to Encoding.UTF8.

SMTP messages consist of headers and body parts. The IETF RFCs for SMTP restrict the header and body part names to be ASCII. However, the IETF RFCs allow header and body part values to contain Unicode characters. In any particular value, if non-ASCII characters exist, then the value is encoded using a combination of character encoding (UTF8 or Shift-JIS, for example) followed by byte encoding (Base64 or QuotedPrintable for example). The result is usually that only ASCII characters are in the network transmission stream.

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