Re: pre-HTML5 and the BOM

From: Martin J. Dürst <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:46:59 +0900

Hello Leif,

I think that more and more, we are on the wrong mailing list.

Regards, Martin.

On 2012/07/18 18:47, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> "Martin J. Dürst", 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.
>>> […] 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 […]
>> 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.
> By all means: Let them.
> But the W3C's I18N working group still gives out advice about when to
> (not) use escapes.[1] Advice which the homepage of breaks -
> since every non-ASCII character of is escaped.
> What the I18N group says in that document, is a bit moralistic (along
> the lines 'please think about how difficult it is for non-English
> authors to read escapes for all their characters). It seems to me that
> a mention of real effects on browser behavior could be a better form of
> advice. Especially when coupled with advice about avoiding the BOM.[2]
> [1]
> [2]
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