[OS X TeX] Leopard Quick Look & TeX
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Nov 30 17:18:02 EST 2007
On Nov 30, 2007, at 4:14 PM, Mark Eli Kalderon wrote:
>> How does it tell? I know it works just fine.
>> Good Luck,
>> Herb Schulz
> Don't know how it works with BBEdit, but this is what Allan Oddgard
> developer of TextMate has to say <http://blog.macromates.com/2005/handling-encodings-utf-8/
>> Generating a random 15 byte sequence containing characters in the
>> range 0×17—0xFF has a probability of 0.000081 to be valid UTF-8
>> (the probability gets lower, the longer the sequence is, and is
>> also lower for actual text).
>> [this] turns out to be attractive because it means we can
>> heuristically recognize UTF-8 with a near 100% certainty by
>> checking if the file is valid. Some software think it’s a good idea
>> to embed a BOM (byte order mark) in the beginning of an UTF-8 file,
>> but it is not, because the file can already be recognized, and
>> placing a BOM in the beginning of a file means placing three bytes
>> in the beginning of the file which a program that use the file may
>> not expect (e.g. the shell interpreter looks for #! as the first
>> two bytes of an executable).
> Best, Mark
Magic! Thanks for the information.
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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