[whatwg] Is EBCDIC support needed for not breaking the Web?

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Mon Jun 2 00:05:23 PDT 2008

On Jun 2, 2008, at 04:27, Benjamin Smedberg wrote:

> Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> Firefox and Opera being able get away with not supporting EBCDIC  
>> flavors suggests that EBCDIC-based encodings cannot be particularly  
>> Web-relevant. Even if saying that browsers MUST NOT support them  
>> might end up being a dead letter, it seems that it would be  
>> feasible to say that browsers SHOULD NOT support them or at least  
>> MUST NOT let a heuristic detector guess EBCDIC (for security  
>> reasons).
> Gecko does support UTF-7 and will continue to do so because UTF-7 is  
> still in use as a character set for mail encoding and multi-part  
> MIME documents.

Does/will Gecko support UTF-7 as a possible heuristic detector guess  
on the Web/HTTP side?

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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