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I18N-ISSUE-30: Allow utf-16 meta encoding declarations [HTML5]

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Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:10:44 +0000
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I18N-ISSUE-30: Allow utf-16 meta encoding declarations [HTML5]


Raised by: Richard Ishida
On product: HTML5 Specifying the document's character encoding

WG Approved: Yes

Currently you are not allowed to use <meta charset="utf-16"> or the
equivalent pragma directive in utf-16 encoded documents. While logically it is
not needed to identify the character encoding, it introduces a special case for
authors to remember, and almost certainly many authors will be unaware that
this is disallowed and will do it. In addition, in-document declarations of
this kind are particularly useful for developers, testers, or translation
production managers who want to visually check the encoding of a document
(since the bom cannot be seen). Furthermore, there would appear to be no risk
incurred by allowing this, since the document would be encoded in utf-16

Note that the ask is not that the encoding of the document be determined by the
meta element - the bom remains the way of determining that information - solely
that no error or warning be raised if the meta element is used.

Please make an exception in the spec for utf-16 so that it is allowed to use
<meta charset="utf-16"> or the equivalent pragma directive in utf-16 encoded

Please add comments to bugzilla:

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