[whatwg] Charset sniffing from XML prolog

Kartikaya Gupta lists.whatwg at stakface.com
Wed Oct 7 16:12:01 PDT 2009

If a document is served as text/html, but contains an XML prolog with an encoding attribute, it seems that all Firefox, Opera, and Chrome all pick up the encoding from the prolog and use it when parsing the rest of the document. (IE6 does not). The HTML5 spec doesn't seem to include XML-prolog checking in its encoding sniffing algorithm, should it?

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<html>insert utf-8 content here, or alert(document.inputEncoding) for browsers that support it</html>

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