[rfc-i] comments on "Format FAQ"

Andrew Sullivan ajs at anvilwalrusden.com
Wed Feb 19 09:42:47 PST 2014

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.  

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.


Andrew Sullivan
ajs at anvilwalrusden.com

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