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Re: utf8 bom FAQ: lets publish this week

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 13:56:55 -0500
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To: <ishida@w3.org>, <public-i18n-geo@w3.org>

Just a few more comments:

In the question: "a UTF-8 encoding": How many UTF-8 encodings are there?

"You should check thoroughly the result of removing the signature"...:
This seems to be a general issue about checking whether UTF-8 is really
UTF-8, not really related to the BOM. Better say so.

"If there is no evidence of a UTF-8 signature at the beginning of the file, 
then your problem lies elsewhere.": Is that something that appears frequently?
If not, maybe leave this out. If yes, better give some other possible
causes. I guess we could leave this out.

The background mentions things such as 'BOM'. This is okay. But I'm
affraid there are quite a few readers who know this thing as 'BOM',
so it would help to add "('BOM')" after "UTF-8 signature" in the
first paragraph of the answer.

"Each character in the file is represented by 2 to 4 bytes of data":
changing '2 to 4' to '2 or 4' will be more precise. 3 bytes isn't an
option of UTF-16 or UTF-32.

I think we were talking about taking Helios Textpad out (because it's
UTF-8/i18n support is currently marginal). Or was this in another context?

"Microsoft documentation about the Byte Order" ->
"Microsoft documentation about the Byte Order Mark"

Why is there a link to Apache Content Negotiation?

Regards,    Martin.

At 17:49 03/11/25 +0000, Richard Ishida wrote:

>Chaps,
>
>After discussion with Deborah I have uploaded another version of
>http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-utf8-bom.html that includes
>Martin's comments.
>
>Let's try to publish this on Thursday.  Please send in any other
>comments asap, then we'll have a final discussion during the meeting
>tomorrow.
>
>Cheers,
>RI
>
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