From: Deborah Goldsmith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Feb 17 2003 - 14:07:30 EST
I can't explain why IE 5.2.2 is displaying the UTF-8 BOM as a Euro.
It's important to understand that IE 5.2.x does not use Unicode for
rendering. It takes the following approach:
1. Convert the text from the specified character set to runs of text in
various Mac OS encodings.
2. Draw each text run using a font appropriate for that Mac OS encoding.
Any character that cannot be converted into a Mac OS encoding will be
converted into "?". If you look at the source for the Unicode home page
in IE, you'll see that there is indeed a "?" at the beginning, as there
is no mapping from U+FEFF to any Mac OS encoding. I have no idea why
that is rendering as €.
I've already written a bug against Safari that it should handle BOMs
(browsers need to handle lots of things that are not legal HTML).
Manager, Fonts & Unicode
Apple Computer, Inc.
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