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Re: Re: Guessing the fallback encoding from the top-level domain name before trying to guess from the browser localization

From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:38:47 -0500
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@hsivonen.fi>
Cc: "www-international@w3.org" <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20140102233847.GA1583@mercury.ccil.org>
Henri Sivonen scripsit:

> I think the mission would be completely accomplished if this feature
> allowed for the removal of the character encoding menu from all
> Gecko-based products down the road.

That works only if you can get 100% of the documents on the legacy Web
correctly labeled or correctly guessable.  Until recently, there was a
spectacular bug in Chrome whereby any table-of-contents page generated by
latex2html, e.g. <http://www.r6rs.org/final/html/r6rs/r6rs-Z-H-2.html>,
would show up as Chinese mojibake.  Without the ability to change the
interpretation of the encoding, the only alternative would have been to
load another browser just to read those pages (I used IETab on that site
for a while).

> I've instead taken the stance than neither I nor anyone else should
> have to deal with the complication arising from the character encoding
> menu in the future in Firefox or in another code base.

Users for whom security always trumps accessibility should use
disposable computers or leave the Web to others.

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