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Re: Auto-detect and encodings in HTML5

From: Ira McDonald <blueroofmusic@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 11:54:34 -0400
Message-ID: <e395be80906020854j540a4dccv3d39b0689d5fa24f@mail.gmail.com>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Ira McDonald <blueroofmusic@gmail.com>
Cc: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, "www-international@w3.org" <www-international@w3.org>

On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 9:23 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com> wrote:

> <...snip...>
> Agreed. I have no problem with authoring tools or servers producing UTF-8
> by default, as long as they explicitly flag it. In fact, HTML tooling
> defaulting to UTF-8 would be great! But as I understand it, the proposal on
> the table was to change the behavior of HTML consumers, and that I would
> object to.
> Regards,
> Maciej
I dislike ALL implicit defaults in computer interfaces - they fail and are

I suggest that claiming conformance to HTML5 means that you MUST always
supply an explicit charset declaration on the Content-Type line - no
at all for older browsers and content management systems.

Tying ANY implicit charset default to DOCTYPE of HTML5 would be obscure
and actually impair interoperability.

- Ira

Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
Chair - Linux Foundation Open Printing WG
Blue Roof Music/High North Inc
email: blueroofmusic@gmail.com
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