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MailMessage.HeadersEncoding Property

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

Namespace:  System.Net.Mail
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

member HeadersEncoding : Encoding with get, set

Property Value

Type: System.Text.Encoding
The encoding used for user-defined custom headers for this e-mail 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.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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