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Re: review of "The root element" subsection

From: Andrew Sidwell <takkaria@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 12:40:00 +0100
Message-ID: <46921E90.4010309@gmail.com>
To: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
CC: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>

Robert Burns wrote:
> 
> Charset attribute
> 
> Suggest adding charset attribute to root element rather than adding a
> charset name to the <meta> element. This will be easier for authors to
> use. It will also be easier for UAs to pre-parse. (Rob Burns)

The rationale for the <meta charset=""> attribute combination is that
UAs already implement it, because people tend to leave things unquoted,
like:

<META HTTP-EQUIV=Content-Type CONTENT=text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1>

Thus, adding an element to the root element would add yet another place
UAs have to check for charset data.

Andrew Sidwell
Received on Monday, 9 July 2007 11:39:59 GMT

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