Re: Subject: Re: 32'nd bit & UTF-8

From: Rick McGowan (
Date: Fri Jan 21 2005 - 17:13:16 CST

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    Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk wrote...

    > Let's assume that I design a programming language, specify
    > that its source files should be encoded in UTF-8, don't mention
    > anything about BOM, [...] and somebody complains that the
    > compiler doesn't conform to the spec because it doesn't like BOM.
    > Who is right?

    Easy! Don't they teach undergrad novice programmers that the *compiler* is
    always right?

    If said compiler is a commercial product, however, the *customer* is
    always right. So the marketing department would beat up the engineering
    department until they "fixed" the compiler to accept UTF-8 with or without
    leading "EF BB BF".


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