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Re: UTF-16 and Byte Order Mark

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 15:53:25 -0500
To: Dieter Köhler <d.k@philo.de>
Cc: public-xml-core-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20061228205325.GJ13444@ccil.org>

Dieter K?hler scripsit:
> RFC 2781, sec. 4.3 says that a text without a byte order mark and 
> labelled as UTF-16 defaults to big-endian.  In the light of this 
> passage the requirement of the XML spec, sec. 4.3.3 that entities 
> encoded in UTF-16 MUST begin with a byte order mark seem to me 
> unnecessarily harsh.  Why not adopt the rule from RFC 2781 that 
> entities encoded in UTF-16 without a byte order mark default to 
> big-endian?

(Not speaking for the Core WG here.)

That would constitute a change in what is and what is not well formed,
and we don't intentionally make changes to XML 1.0 that affect

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