PEP-0263 and default encoding

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Wed Oct 1 09:26:44 CEST 2003


Klaus Alexander Seistrup wrote:

> Please, could you explain what you mean by "the UTF-8 BOM"?

Byte order marker.  It's a clever gimmick Unicode uses, where a few
valid Unicode characters are set aside for being used in sequence to
help determine whether an encoded Unicode stream is little-endian or
big-endian.

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