[I18n-sig] UTF-8 and BOM

Florian Weimer fw@deneb.enyo.de
18 May 2001 23:04:13 +0200

Paul Prescod <paulp@ActiveState.com> writes:

>  3) I think that distinguising UTF-8 from other encodings through the
> BOM is actually a great idea and I wish that every UTF-8 creator would
> do it!

I think it's even mandated by ISO/IEC 10646-1:2000.  However, the
BOM is incompatible with the traditional Unix tools, so most people
(especially the Linux-UTF-8 folks) recommend not to use it.