Re: UTF-8 BOM Nonsense

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu Jun 22 2000 - 14:02:19 EDT

"Gary L. Wade" wrote:

> The BOM is only useful with UTF-16 or UCS-4 characters.

It's only useful as a mark of byte order. There are others who want to
use it as a charset signature, and there is a Well-Known OS that insists
on doing so.

Attempting to discourage the use of BOMful UTF-8 in interchange is
going to be about as successful as discouraging the use of CP 1252 in
interchange, and for the same reason.


Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)

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