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[Bug 13771] Encodings 'misinterpreted for compatibility' should risk fatal error in XHTML

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Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 18:02:32 +0000
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--- Comment #11 from Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> 2011-08-14 18:02:31 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #10)
> Feel free to fix the page if you think it is not clear. And it is useful that
> all technologies behave the same when it comes to encoding labels. Having
> differences for legacy cruft is not needed. Better to be consistent.

I think it can work OK w.r.t. such a longtime goal to implement this bug.

XML parsers are not required to support more than UTF-8 and UTF-16.  If
removing support for the "US-ASCII" label means removing support for
Windows-1252 (and its misinterpreted aliases)  then this would mean that the
XML parsers of the Web browses would not need fall for the temptation to
interpret UTF-8 as WIN-1252 (like e.g. Opera and Webkit under some conditions
currently do).

It is not like the future of the Web is Windows-1252 - the future is UTF-8. And
XML on the web is rather rare - and non-UTF-8 XML is probably even much rarer.

Whenever the longterm goal you describe is reached, the Web browser's XML
parsers, can consider enabling support for Win-1252 again, should they want to
do that.

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