Re: IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376
From: Chris Lilley <chris@w...> >I was meaning autodetection in the sense of reading a whole bunch of the >text and making assorted guesses based on frequency analysis and the >like. In other words, automatic detection based on unlabelled content. I >believe that this is a bad thing, because there is always the >possibility (quite high) of hgetting it wrong. > >The encoding declaration, on the other hand, is not autodetection in >that sense, it is a label. A very small amount of autodetection has to >be done in order to be sure that the label has been read, that is all >(ie, is this UTF-16 or is this an encoding where ASCII is represented as >ASCII). In academic material, this is called "codeset announcement" (e.g. in the HANZIX OS from the mid 90s). The term "autodection" does give people the idea that guessing is involved. This is important, because if developers think that autodetection means guessing rather than codeset announcement, they may be tempted to guess encodings without alerting users that something seems strange: this would not be satisfactory for important documents. Rick Jelliffe xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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