Re: Question about UTF-8
At 07:18 2003-08-28 -0700, Tim Bray wrote: >> Is there a safe way for a non-XML-aware text editor to find out that this >> file is using UTF-8? >It is not ambiguous at all what the encoding must be; there's no >encoding declaration, so it must be UTF-8. In an XML-aware editor, yes. But the question is about general ('non-XML-aware') text editors. A general editor has no idea of the encoding detection mechanism in XML, so I wonder how it knows that the octets C3 A4 should be written 'ä' and not 'Ã¤' (or something else). Many users who see 'Ã¤' when they open a UTF-8 encoded XML document in a text editor, prefer to use ISO 8859-1 to avoid this effect. Maybe the answer is to stay in ISO 8859-1 (or whatever default encoding the editor has), but I was hoping it was possible to recommend using UTF-8 all the time (for European scripts). Gustaf
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