On 11/12/06, David Vallner <david / vallner.net> wrote:
> Austin Ziegler wrote:
> > On 11/12/06, David Vallner <david / vallner.net> wrote:
> >> Paul Lutus wrote:
> >> > It isn't something you can specify in a
> >> > plain-text file.
> >> Byte order mark?
> > Not meaningful in UTF-8, since it's all a defined series of bytes
> > (it's always the same order on all platforms).
> Yes, but it can be used as a "this file is UTF-8" marker by convention.
> And cause problems in software that doesn't recognize the convention,
> for added hilarity.

It's a bad convention, because it adds meaningless bytes to the
beginning of a file. I'm not saying that an unadorned document is
better, but better to do something that has actual meaning than doing
a pointless BOM.

-austin
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