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Re: Support UTF-16 in the validator?

From: Terje Bless <link@pobox.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 05:00:39 +0100
To: W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>
cc: "Newton, Philip" <Philip.Newton@datenrevision.de>
Message-ID: <20020313051837-b01050005-644AEA90-3639-11D6-9517-00039300CF5C-1013-010c@>
Newton, Philip <Philip.Newton@datenrevision.de> wrote:

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>Hi, I have a page which is encoded in UTF-16 (specifically, UTF-16BE,
>though it starts with a BOM). When I tried to validate it at
>http://validator.w3.org/ , I was told that the encoding was not
>recognised and to submit the encoding if I thought that was appropriate.
>[...] So I'd like to ask for UTF-16 to be supported in the validator.

Supporting UTF-16(BE|LE] is a goal, but I can't speculate as to when it
will be implemented.

>Well, since that page uses the "private use area" with characters in the
>U+Exxx range, I picked UTF-16 since that uses two bytes per character as
>opposed to three bytes per character for UTF-8 in that range.

However, I cannot guarantee that we will support use of the private use
area. That depends on many things; among them what support there is for it
in the character encoding libraries we use and what current thinking is on
"best practices" on the subject when we implement UTF-16. I'll keep in mind
that we have at least one actual user of that feature though, in case it
comes down to a judgement call.

Thanks for the feedback on this!

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Received on Tuesday, 12 March 2002 23:18:43 UTC

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