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RE: XHTML and charset's [was: Re: XHTML questions]

From: Christian Smith <csmith@barebones.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 17:01:04 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
cc: Chris Croome <chris@webarchitects.co.uk>, Ian Graham <ian.graham@utoronto.ca>
Message-ID: <20000629170105-f01010601-e027e840@204.107.232.107>
On Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 16:35, igraham@ic-unix.ic.utoronto.ca (Ian Graham) wrote:

> Bertilo is correct -- things are fine if your documet only
> contains ASCII characters, as they map onto the same byte
> sequence in UTF-8.
> 
> HOwever, things go wrong if you hav non-ascii characters
> in the document. They also fail (on Navigator 4 and earlier)
> if you have charcter references in the document that 
> references non-latin-1 characters. For example, character
> references like 
> 
> &#3124;
> 
> (this is a made up number I'm afraid), which references the
> 3124th character in Unicode, will only work if you explicitlyu
> set UTF-8 using a META element.

And if you save a file as UTF-8 and include the UTF8 byte order mark, IE
for the Macintosh at least doesn't deal with this very well (it renders
the byte order mark as a garbage character). I don't know how well other
browsers handle this.

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