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

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 15:21:54 -0700
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, addison@yahoo-inc.com
Message-id: <36F4A663-41BE-47EF-8851-A6AD2A274C84@apple.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>

On Aug 14, 2009, at 1:28 AM, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:

> 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 4.2.5.5 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 ...

Good point. Fortunately this will now be represented in the tracker. I  
agree that this text is useful forward progress on the issue.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Friday, 14 August 2009 22:22:41 UTC

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