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Re^3: UTF-8 text files with Byte Order Mark

by ikegami (Pope)
on Feb 13, 2007 at 20:36 UTC ( #599772=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: UTF-8 text files with Byte Order Mark
in thread UTF-8 text files with Byte Order Mark

a BOM in a utf-8 file *are* valid

"!" in an ASCII file is also valid. But if you place a "!" at the start of your Perl program, it probably will not compile. It is a malformed file, not from a UNICODE perspective, but from your parser's perspective.

I provided two alternatives (removing the BOM and File::BOM) that will work with your broken tools (i.e. tools that add undesirable character to the files you edit). I'd go with them since allowing the BOM is surely a good thing.

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Re^4: UTF-8 text files with Byte Order Mark
by muba (Priest) on Feb 13, 2007 at 20:43 UTC

    Ouch. I'm afraid I used the wrong tone in my previous reply. You see, I am now removing that BOM myself (as you can read below). I never meant to attack or critisize you. In fact, I much appreciate your input!

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[stevieb]: Damn... just wasted two hours wondering why num 23 wasn't setting bit 5 in a register. I was working on the decimal, but the register holds BCD numbers. Sigh.

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