Re: BOM's at Beginning of Web Pages? Mac IE's Euro

From: Roozbeh Pournader (
Date: Mon Feb 17 2003 - 02:18:40 EST

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    On Sun, 16 Feb 2003, Doug Ewell wrote:

    > The Unicode home page includes the following line, right where it should
    > be, in the <head> section:
    > <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
    > Any User Agent that takes a page properly marked as UTF-8, as above, and
    > still tries to autodetect a local code page, is badly misguided. How
    > would it handle a real UTF-8-encoded euro sign (0xE2 0x82 0xAC)?

    AFAICR, there is supposed to be no single non-ASCII character before that
    <meta> tag. I really don't like to search the specs again, but I'm sure I
    saw it somewhere. The HTML renderer sees those characters and thinks the
    document has already started (since the <html>, <head> and <body> tags are
    are not mandatory in HTML 4 Transitional). So it goes into autodetection
    mode. The same situation happens with MS FrontPage 2000 (but I've already
    explained that).


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