Re: pre-HTML5 and the BOM

From: Martin J. Dürst <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:20:31 +0900

On 2012/07/18 16:35, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> "Martin J. Dürst", Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:00:42 +0900:

>> The best reason is simply that nobody should be using
>> crutches as long as they can walk with their own legs.
> Crutches, in that sense, is only about authoring convenience. And, of
> course, it is a difference between using named and numeric character
> references for a single non-ASCII letter as opposed to using it for all
> of them. Nevertheless: I, as Web author, would perhaps skip that
> convenience if I knew that doing so could improve e.g. HTML5 browser's
> ability to sniff the encoding correctly when all other encoding info is
> lost. If such sniffing can be an alternative to the BOM, and the BOM is
> questionable, then why not mention it as a reason to avoid the crutches?

I'm not sure there are many people for whom using named character
entities or numeric character references is a convenience. But for those
for whom it is a convenience, let them use it.

Regards, Martin.
Received on Wed Jul 18 2012 - 03:24:32 CDT

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