From: Peter Constable (
Date: Thu Jan 20 2005 - 11:23:09 CST

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    > This is slightly revisionist. Long, long ago there were only
    > encoding schemes with the BOM available to help detect problems.
    > Microsoft
    > insisted on writing datafiles on Intel platforms in a little-endian
    > Once this practice was entrenched, the standard renamed the old
    > practice as big-endian, documented the little-endian version and
    created a
    > third with the BOM at the beginning to let people cope with finding

    This is a real hoot! Talk about revisionist. Microsoft and other
    companies started writing datafiles on Intel platforms starting back in
    -- what was it? 1981? 1975? Certainly earlier than 1983. Unicode 1.0
    wasn't published until 1990.

    Peter Constable

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