[whatwg] StringEncoding: Allowed encodings for TextEncoder

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Tue Aug 14 09:58:03 PDT 2012

I think the main reason would be if there are modern formats which use
UTF16 which we want to allow people to create documents in. I asked on
twitter for such formats and got some responses:


/ Jonas

On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 7:42 AM, Simon Pieters <simonp at opera.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 09 Aug 2012 19:42:07 +0200, Joshua Bell <jsbell at chromium.org> wrote:
>> http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/StringEncoding has been updated to restrict
>> the
>> supported encodings for encoding to UTF-8, UTF-16 and UTF-16BE.
>> I'm tempted to take it further to just UTF-8 and see if anyone complains.
> I was going to suggest doing so. We've gone UTF-8-only for new features
> (workers, webvtt, appcache manifest, etc). The Encoding spec says "New
> content and formats must exclusively use the utf-8 encoding.". Is there a
> use case for utf-16/utf-16be?
> --
> Simon Pieters
> Opera Software

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