How we built it

TextEncoder API: drop support for legacy encodings (removed)

The TextEncoder API never supported legacy encodings (such as 'shift_jis', 'windows-1252', etc) except for two UTF-16 variants ('utf-16', 'utf-16be'). Usage was minimal and support was removed from the spec. The TextEncoder constructor will no longer take an argument (if one is passed it is ignored, as is the standard for DOM APIs), and will always encode to "the encoding" (utf-8).


Intent to Deprecate and Remove:



Editor's draft

Status in Chromium

Removed (launch bug) in:

  • Chrome for desktop release 53
  • Chrome for Android release 53
  • Chrome for iOS release 53
  • Android WebView release 53
  • Opera release 40
  • Opera for Android release 40

Consensus & Standardization

  • Public support
  • No public signals
  • No public signals
  • No signals


Last updated on 2016-07-08