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2860Clarify the <meta charset> rules for XML documents.2009-02-23 12:26
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   also be specified. Otherwise, it must be omitted.</p>
 
   <p>The <dfn title="attr-meta-charset"><code>charset</code></dfn>
-  attribute specifies the character encoding used by the
-  document. This is called a <span>character encoding
-  declaration</span>. There must not be more than one element with a
-  <code title="attr-meta-charset">charset</code> attribute per
-  document. If the attribute is present in an <span title="XHTML">XML
-  document</span>, its value must be an <span>ASCII
+  attribute specifies the character encoding used by the document. In
+  <span title="HTML5">HTML documents</span> this is a <span>character
+  encoding declaration</span>. If the attribute is present in an <span
+  title="XHTML">XML document</span>, its value must be an <span>ASCII
   case-insensitive</span> match for the string "<code
   title="">UTF-8</code>", and the resource must be encoded using the
-  UTF-8 character encoding.</p>
+  UTF-8 character encoding. (The element has no effect in XML
+  documents, and is only allowed to facilitate migration to and from
+  XHTML.)</p>
 
+  <p>There must not be more than one <code>meta</code> element with a
+  <code title="attr-meta-charset">charset</code> attribute per
+  document.</p>
+
   <p>The <dfn title="attr-meta-content"><code>content</code></dfn>
   attribute gives the value of the document metadata or pragma
   directive when the element is used for those purposes. The allowed

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