ISSUE-327: 'Fallback' encoding

'Fallback' encoding

Raised by:
Richard Ishida
Opened on:
3.2 The input byte stream

Why refer to the 'fallback' encoding? Why not just say, "determine the encoding:"?

I guess this might be a question for the Encoding spec, but it's not clear to me why you would go to all the trouble of determining a fallback encoding before testing whether there is a byte order mark, since if there is you just throw all that work away anyway.

It would also be much clearer if the steps simply said
1. test for http...
2. check for bom
3. check for @charset
4. look for environment encoding
5. use utf-8

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I think the change makes this clearer. Recommend close.

Richard Ishida, 15 Jan 2014, 14:09:16


Addison Phillips, 16 Jan 2014, 17:01:17

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