RE: browsers and unicode surrogates

From: Yves Arrouye (
Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 17:09:42 EDT

> | I am surprised by the "must only be used". It seems I am not
> | conforming by including a meta statement in the utf-16 HTML page. I
> | should either remove the statement or encode the HTML up to and
> | including that statement as ascii. I'll check on this.
> It doesn't make much sense to have the meta statement there, as I
> would expect most browser to assume ASCII compatibility, but I agree
> that "must only be used" sounds too harsh.
> [...]
> it struck us: "if we can see that the page claims to be UTF-16, it
> can't be, because our meta declaration scanning assumes ASCII
> compatibility".

I think you just answered why the spec says "must only be used" :) it is so
that the parsing of the meta tag can happen with predictability.


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