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[Bug 12062] UTF-8 BOM should not be forbidden in Polyglot Markup

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Date: Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:49:47 +0000
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Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|RESOLVED                    |REOPENED
         Resolution|FIXED                       |

--- Comment #11 from Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> 2011-03-05 00:49:46 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #10)
> I made the changes and published the updated version.


> Anything else? ;-)

Yes, of course. ;-)

1) I noticed that HTML5 uses the phrase "Byte Order Character character". Also,
HTML5 - and all other specs that talk about the BOM - usually introduces it
with its un-abbeviated name before it introduces the BOM-abbreviation.
Currently, the Polyglot Markup draft does not explain what BOM means. Therefore
I suggest to 

a) say  "Byte Order Mark (BOM) character" the first time that the Polyglot spec
refers to the BOM:
   ]] When polyglot markup uses UTF-16, it must include the Byte Order Mark
(BOM) character[[

b) when possible, try to add the word "character" after each occurrence of
'BOM' or 'Byte Order Mark'

2) After the sentence 'When polyglot markup uses UTF-16 [snip]", then please
add this sentence:
    ]] The BOM character can also be used with the UTF-8 encoding. [[

2) Add this comment at the end of/after the paragraph which begins 'Using <meta
charset="*"/> has no effect in XML.":

]] The BOM character can be said to be the most polyglot encoding declaration:
Unlike the encoding declaration inside the HTTP Content-Type header, it isn't
part of a construct that differs for XML and HTML. And unlike the <meta
charset="UTF-8"/> declaration of HTML and the UTF-8 encoding default of XML,
the BOM character works in both XML and HTML.[[

Somewhere you could also add a link to HTML5's permission to use the BOM
character: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/syntax.html#writing

Good weekend. ;-)

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