[rfc-i] Byte Order Marks for UTF-8

Dave Thaler dthaler at microsoft.com
Wed Jul 18 18:59:42 PDT 2012

> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Martin J. Dürst" [mailto:duerst at it.aoyama.ac.jp]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6:58 PM
> To: Dave Thaler
> Cc: Paul Hoffman; Tim Bray; rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org
> Subject: Re: [rfc-i] Byte Order Marks for UTF-8
> Hello Dave,
> On 2012/07/19 10:50, Dave Thaler wrote:
> > We should never expect all apps to "guess".   A few will, yes.
> > But we should never rely on it, and in any case guessing can be error prone.
> Yes, fully agreed. But deciding that something is UTF-8 based on the BOM is
> also just guessing, it could be something else in some other encoding.

Agreed, though it increases the chance of guessing correctly significantly.


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