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Re: [xml-dev] Text/xml with omitted charset parameter
- From: MURATA Makoto <EB2M-MRT@asahi-net.or.jp>
- To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 22:17:54 +0900
Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
> * HTML requires user agents to assume no default encoding
> * HTTP requires user agents to assume iso-8859-1
> * MIME requires user agents to assume us-ascii
> * XML requires user agents to assume us-ascii
> Obviously, this is a very strict community...
> XML does not need to change MIME, XML can just go and mandate UTF-8
> defaulting from XML processors. Mandating UTF-8 is as inconsistent with
> HTTP as is mandating us-ascii. And who cares about consistency? Look at
> HTML, it forbids any defaulting behaivour, but allows user agents to use
> heuristics to determine the encoding. Welcome to the wonderful world
> of nonsense.
Which UTF-8? UTF-8 with the Unicode signature or UTF-8 without the
As far as IETF is concerned, the default for HTML is ISO-8859-1. W3C
specifications and IETF RFCs are inconsistent here. More about this,
see RFC 2854.