[Bug 13396] New: i18n-ISSUE-77: HTTP and defaulting to UTF-16LE


           Summary: i18n-ISSUE-77: HTTP and defaulting to UTF-16LE
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: public-i18n-core@w3.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org Character encodings

Supported by the i18n WG.

"When a user agent is to use the UTF-16 encoding but no BOM has been found,
user agents must default to UTF-16LE."

If the HTTP header declares the file to be UTF-16BE, which I believe it can,
and in which case a BOM should *not* be used, then I think that this would not
be true. If the HTTP header declares the file to be UTF-16, then there must be
a BOM, so I assume that this is a recovery mechanism if someone does declare
UTF-16 in HTTP but omits the BOM. I'd think that some kind of clarification and
perhaps error message would be in order though.

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Received on Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:20:47 UTC