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Re: Validation of UTF-16

From: Nick Kew <nick@fenris.webthing.com>
Date: 29 May 2002 17:55:55 -0000
Message-ID: <20020529175555.1201.qmail@fenris.webthing.com>
To: www-validator@w3.org

[crossposted from ciwah to www-validator]

In article <3cf4b577$1@news.wineasy.se>, one of infinite monkeys
	at the keyboard of "Alexander Johannesen" <alexander.johannesen@bekk.no.spam> wrote:

> Trying to get all my pages to validate properly through W3C's validator,
> but I'm having problems because I use UTF-16. If I go with UTF-8, it all
> validates though, and I'm currently using that one.

What error message are you getting?  Basically, any encoding supported
by iconv should work with the validator.  If it doesn't, we'd like a
testcase (the same applies to Page Valet).

> I know that UTF-16 is poorly supported by browsers and that the specs
> are flaky (or so I've heard; I have no deeper knowlegde about that part),

That is why it hasn't had much attention from tool developers yet.
A bit of a circular argument, you might think:-)

If your utf-16 document is in fact XML, you might prefer to run it through
a native XML validator rather than an OpenSP (SGML) one such as the W3's
with limitations in its XML support.
See <URL:http://valet.webthing.com:8000/>.

Do you have a test URL that is giving bogus results?

Nick Kew

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Received on Wednesday, 29 May 2002 13:56:37 UTC

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