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Bug 20089 - Meaning of raw UTF-16LE/BE
Summary: Meaning of raw UTF-16LE/BE
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML5 spec (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Silvia Pfeiffer
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: CR
Depends on:
Blocks: 22661
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Reported: 2012-11-26 20:20 UTC by i18n IG
Modified: 2013-07-26 00:44 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Description i18n IG 2012-11-26 20:20:23 UTC says:

"The term a UTF-16 encoding refers to any variant of UTF-16: self-describing UTF-16 with a BOM, ambiguous UTF-16 without a BOM, raw UTF-16LE, and raw UTF-16BE. [RFC2781]"

What is 'raw' UTF-16LE/LE ?  Presumably, it's 'ambiguous UTF-16' without a BOM but with an encoding declaration in the transport layer? 

Actually 'self-describing' is not completely unambiguous either. 

Please clarify what these words mean.
Comment 1 Silvia Pfeiffer 2013-07-23 00:59:12 UTC
Would it be better to replace the reference on this sentence with an [ENCODING] reference and just point to UTF-16LE and UTF-16BE? Something like this:

"The term a UTF-16 encoding refers to any variant of UTF-16: UTF-16LE or UTF-16BE with or without BOM. [ENCODING]"
Comment 2 Anne 2013-07-23 04:14:51 UTC
You could say that it refers to either utf-16le or utf-16be and that's it. No need to mention BOM and such per Encoding anyway.
Comment 3 Travis Leithead [MSFT] 2013-07-26 00:44:46 UTC
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Status: Accepted
Change Description: Applied change from the WHATWG spec which [should] resolve.

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