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Bug 12246 - Say 'the/a BOM character' througout - there isn't different 'BOMs' (plural)
Summary: Say 'the/a BOM character' througout - there isn't different 'BOMs' (plural)
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LC1 HTML5 spec (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-03-05 04:53 UTC by Leif Halvard Silli
Modified: 2011-08-04 05:13 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description Leif Halvard Silli 2011-03-05 04:53:05 UTC
' Determining the character encoding'  and '4.3.1 The script element' both says:

]] This step looks for Unicode Byte Order Marks (BOMs). [[

Nearly every other place where the BOM is referred to, the spec says "a Byte Order Mark character".  
(E.g.  ]]a U+FEFF BYTE ORDER MARK (BOM) character[[

Please use the same/similar expression here. Also, it is misleadiong to use the plural form, because although it can be encoded in at least 3 ways,  there is only one Byte Order Mark character.  

Hence, please change the above quote into roughly this:

    ]] This step looks for the Unicode Byte Order Mark (BOM) character. [[

Likewise, the ' Character encodings' section currently reads:

]] When a user agent is to use the UTF-16 encoding but no BOM has been found, user agents must default to UTF-16LE. [[

Again 'no BOM' is not as clear as if you said 'but the BOM has not been found". 

Likewise in Specifying the document's character encoding, it says:

]] If an HTML document does not start with a BOM, [[

Please say "a BOM character" or (as I would prefer) "the BOM character".
Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-05-06 00:26:05 UTC
Please file just one issue per bug.

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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change

The premise of the first bit is wrong; the spec uses all kinds of ways to refer to BOMs, depending on whether it's talking about BOMs in general, or the character, or whether it's a normative reference, or a non-normative casual mention, etc. This is demonstrated by the multiple such examples that this very bug mentions.

For the second bit: it's just as clear.

For the third bit: I don't see what problem this solves. The current text is fine.
Comment 2 Michael[tm] Smith 2011-08-04 05:13:56 UTC
mass-move component to LC1