From: Rick McGowan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jan 21 2005 - 17:13:16 CST
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
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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