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Document without charset

From: Andreas Prilop <nhtcapri@rrzn-user.uni-hannover.de>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 16:53:04 +0100 (MET)
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.44.0512081641130.8226-100000@s5b004.rrzn.uni-hannover.de>


The validator says:

| Encoding:   utf-8
| Sorry, I am unable to validate this document because [...]
| it contained one or more bytes that I cannot interpret as utf-8

This is not helpful!
Why does the validator assume UTF-8 in the first place?

IMHO it would be more helpful
(a) to say "No Character Encoding Found!"  or
(b) to take a charset that fits (in this case ISO-8859-1).

But *do not* assume UTF-8 if this is impossible (and then say
that it is impossible).
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