Bugzilla – Bug 20089
Meaning of raw UTF-16LE/BE
Last modified: 2013-07-26 00:44:46 UTC
"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.
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]"
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.
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