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[Bug 6858] More details needed for "ASCII-compatible encoding"

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--- Comment #7 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2009-06-29 10:43:50 ---
The ASCII-compatible encoding concept exists for two reasons; first, to prevent
authors from trying to declare the encoding using the <meta charset> feature in
the cases where the encoding detection algorithm wouldn't ever find the charset
(e.g. using <meta charset> alone in a UTF-16 file, with no BOM and no external
charset declaration), and second, to restrict the character encodings that can
be used in form submission to those that aren't incompatible with opaquely
treating a URL as ASCII with some unknown bytes.


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