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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Wednesday March 13, 2002
03:08 AM

"You dropped a BOM on me, baybay!"

[ #3479 ]
Dear Log,

When write-opening to a Unicode file, it is behoovy to then emit a byte-order mark before anything else:

print OUT "\x{feff}"; # Byte Order Mark

It even works happily with UTF8 files -- many applications correctly interpret as the resulting byte sequence as meaning "YES, THIS IS UTF8!".

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  • I don't see how that would work on UTF-8 files, since the UTF-8 BOM is 0xEF 0xBB 0xBF (very rarely used since it tends to muck things up somewhat). The ONLY thing 0xFE 0xFF can indicate is network byte order UTF-16.
  • It sounds like it should be a euphemism for a swearword.

    "You feffin' kids take your feffin' skateboards and your feffin' boomboxes somewhere else before I rip your feffin' heads open and take a feffin' coredump in the 0xdeadbeef inside!"