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Re: Detecting BOM for UTF files

From: Benjamin Riefenstahl
Subject: Re: Detecting BOM for UTF files
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 17:20:16 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1001 (Gnus v5.10.1) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Hi Sébastien,

> Andreas Schwab a écrit :
>> ??? UTF-8 does not need a BOM, it's an 8-bit encoding.

Sébastien Kirche <address@hidden> writes:
> Mmmh, FAQ of Unicode.org explains that there exists one BOM for
> UTF-8 too :

There is no contradiction.  You *can* add a BOM to UTF-8 text, it just
doesn't serve a purpose, because UTF-8 doesn't have a "byte order" to
mark.  In addition, the BOM makes text manipulation more difficult, so
it is actually not recommended by the Unicode standard.

> Anyway, do I have to understand that it isn't poosible to guess type
> without BOM ?

No.  Current versions of Emacs can handle UTF-8 automatically without
additional packages.  You just have to configure it right.  Have a
look at the function prefer-coding-system.

If you have further questions, you should probably post them to an
Emacs user list or newsgroup like comp.emacs.


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