[rfc-i] Fwd: I-D ACTION:draft-hoffman-utf8-rfcs-03.txt

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Mon Oct 20 03:11:51 PDT 2008

Simon Josefsson wrote:
> Julian Reschke <julian.reschke at gmx.de> writes:
>> 1) "text/plain; charset=utf-8" doesn't work well once the file is stored 
>> locally in the file system, and the encoding information is lost. The 
>> proper fix for his is to use a UTF-8 BOM, which enables at least the 
>> standard Windows applications (Notepad/Wordpad) to do the right thing.
> I think UTF-8 BOM is a poor solution to almost any problem.
> Does modern Notepad/Wordpad require UTF-8 BOM to parse UTF-8 text?

If by "modern" you mean "Vista", I don't know. The versions I have 
default to the system locale if no BOM is present (I think).

> I think we should just say that people should upgrade to tools that
> detect and handle UTF-8 text without need for UTF-8 BOM's.

That would be guessing based on statistics, right?

BR, Julian

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