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Re: ISSUE-11: default-encoding - suggest closing on 2009-08-20

From: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 10:28:15 +0200
Message-ID: <4A85201F.6070403@malform.no>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
CC: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, addison@yahoo-inc.com
Maciej Stachowiak On 09-08-14 08.30:

> On Aug 13, 2009, at 11:06 PM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:

>> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/issues/11
>> There has been little discussion since the issue is raised.
>> For compatibility reasons, it is not practical to make UTF-8
>> the default encoding for HTML5 - I believe no implementor of
>> browsers or other influential HTML consumers would be willing
>> to make that change. Therefore I propose we close ISSUE-11 in
>> favor of the current spec text.
>> The default is defined at 
>> <http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#determining-the-character-encoding>,
>>  step #7.

I don't feel that you correctly represent the debate and progress 
that has been on this issue. (And neither does the Tracker ...)

Due to debate this year, section now has this:

> Authors are encouraged to use UTF-8. Conformance checkers may
> advise against authors using legacy encodings.
> Authoring tools should default to using UTF-8 for newly-created
> documents.
> Using non-UTF-8 encodings can have unexpected results on form
> submission and URL encodings, which use the document's
> character encoding by default.

So, it seems the issue can be closed _because_ there has been some 
progress ...
leif halvard silli
Received on Friday, 14 August 2009 08:28:59 UTC

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