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[Bug 13392] i18n-ISSUE-72: BOM as preferred encoding declaration

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Addison Phillips <addison@lab126.com> changed:

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--- Comment #11 from Addison Phillips <addison@lab126.com> 2011-07-29 15:37:46 UTC ---
I don't think the argument is that BOM should be removed altogether. What the
I18N WG is asking for is that it not (perhaps erroneously) be considered the
"preferred" option. 

Leaving aside whether this or that browser or tool responds well to BOM, the
BOM is invisible when properly handled and a problem when visible. Visible
encoding declarations (when correct) make page encoding easier to work with for
humans.

Specifying which one has priority and how to interpret each is the job of
Polyglot, but the "preferred" is unnecessary and may actually depend on the
user's tools and environment.

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