Re: UTF-8 BOM (Re: Charset declaration in HTML)

From: Doug Ewell <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 15:28:12 -0600

Steven Atreju wrote:

> If Unicode *defines* that the so-called BOM is in fact a Unicode-
> indicating tag that MUST be present,

But Unicode does not define that.

> I know that, in Germany, many, many small libraries become closed
> because there is not enough money available to keep up with the
> digital race, and even the greater *do* have problems to stay in
> touch!

People like to complain about the BOM, but no libraries are shutting
down because of it. "Keeping up with the digital race" isn't about
handling two or three bytes at the beginning of a text file, in a way
that has been defined for two decades. It's about technologies and
standards and platforms and formats that change incompatibly every few

Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | @DougEwell 
Received on Sun Jul 15 2012 - 17:30:34 CDT

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