From: Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jan 19 2005 - 14:09:41 CST
"Oliver Christ" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On the very contrary. It's most helpful to determine a text file's
> encoding. Without the UTF8 BOM it's hard to tell whether a file is
> encoded in some ISO or whatever encoding/codepage or is already UTF8.
The problem with BOM in UTF8 is that it must be specially handled by
all applications. It effectively turns UTF-8 into a stateful encoding
where the beginning of a "text stream" must be treated specially.
World would be simpler if UTF-8 BOM was banned.
Fortunately I have never met a Unix program which used a UTF-8 BOM,
so I can mostly ignore the issue, except that text files coming from
Windows may have that annoying thing at the beginning which must be
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