[rfc-i] comments on "Format FAQ"

Nico Williams nico at cryptonector.com
Wed Feb 19 09:48:24 PST 2014


On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM, Andrew Sullivan
<ajs at anvilwalrusden.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 03:44:30PM +0100, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Not really? Why does the encoding matter, as long as it is a common
>> one and declared properly?
>
> Not every format has a mechanism to declare the encoding.

But we're talking about XML (the input format), which does.

> I think it was primarily the simplicity of the tools that led to the
> selection of only UTF-8 for cases where the file can declare.  Also,
> if we don't insist on UTF-8 then we'll need to have an argument about
> BOM and UTF-16, and that would be boring.

Agreed, but that'd not be relevant here.


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