Intent to prototype: Honoring bogo-XML declaration for character encoding in text/html

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Henri Sivonen

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# Summary

For compatibility with WebKit and Blink, honor the character encoding
declared using the XML declaration syntax in text/html.

For reasons explained in https://hsivonen.fi/utf-8-detection/ , unlike
other encodings, UTF-8 isn't detected from content, so with the demise
of Trident and EdgeHTML (which don't honor the XML declaration syntax
in text/html), <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> has become a
more notable Web compat problem for us. With non-Latin scripts, the
failure mode is particularly bad for a Web compat problem: The text is
completely unreadable.

That is, this isn't a feature for Web authors to use. This is to
address a push factor for users when authors do use this feature.

# Bug

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=673087

# Standard

https://github.com/whatwg/html/pull/1752

# Platform coverage

All

# Preference

To be enabled unconditionally.

# DevTools bug

No integration needed.

# Other browsers

WebKit has had this behavior for a very long time and didn't remove it
when HTML parsing was standardized.

Blink inherited this from WebKit upon forking.

Trident and EdgeHTML don't have this; their demise changed the balance
for this feature.

# web-platform-tests

https://hsivonen.com/test/moz/xml-decl/ contains tests which are
wrapped for WPT as part of the Gecko patch.

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Henri Sivonen
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