Well that's why you read the first two or three bytes and look for a byte order mark
my point was not that there is no way to check.
if you have a file and assume that it's 8 bit ASCII and try to use 8 bit bytes you might have problems in some cases. text files are not always 8 bit ASCII today.
unfortunately it is a uint not an int which can cause problems if you convert it to a long
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