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Re: default charset broken

From: Karl Ove Hufthammer <karl@huftis.org>
Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 18:50:59 +0200
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To: www-validator@w3.org

Terje Bless <link@pobox.com> wrote in

> Yes, well, in the interest of full disclosure, let me add that
> another significant factor in the Validator's current
> behaviour is that the HTTP defaulting behaviour is considered
> harmfull to i18n and all those users for whom iso-8859-1 is
> insufficient.

Well, even if those users have no control over their servers,
there are no problems, neither in theory nor in practice, to use
characters not in ISO-8859-1. They could always use numeric
character references (which work better anyway).

But in my opinion the main problem is that the validator is
labeling perfectly valid documents as invalid. I think this is
more serious than not labeling invalid documents as invalid
because of character encoding issues.

> In particular, if we allow for your interpretation above, we
> would in effect default to ISO-8859-1 not only for pages such
> as Kjetil's (who are most certainly correct and the author
> very aware of what he is doing), but also for Joe
> Web-duh-signer and his clueless little hosting company where
> there is _no_ conscious decision involved and ISO-8859-1 is
> the _wrong_ value more often then not.

'More often than not'? Isn't ISO-8859-1 the most used encoding for
valid documents?

And if there are '_no_ conscious decision involved', I doubt the
Web pages would be valid even with an explicit character encoding

Karl Ove Hufthammer
Received on Saturday, 7 June 2003 12:51:18 UTC

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