UTF-8 signature in web and email

From: Roozbeh Pournader (roozbeh@sharif.edu)
Date: Mon May 14 2001 - 19:32:24 EDT

Well, I received a UTF-8 email from Microsoft's Dr International today. It
was a "multipart/alternative", with both the "text/plain" and "text/html"
in UTF-8. Well, nothing interesting yet, but the interesting point was
that the HTML version had a UTF-8 signature, but the text version lacked
it. So, the HTML version had it three times: mime charset as UTF-8,
UTF-8 signature, and <meta> charset markup.


1. What are the current recommendations for these?

2. Most important of all, does W3C allow UTF-8 signatures before
"<!DOCTYPE>"? And if yes, what should be done if they mismatch the
charset as can be described in the <meta> tag?


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