I have been working with node's
"utf8" as the encoding to read input. When the file contains a BOM character in UTF8 (0xEF 0xBF 0xBB) it converts it to the byte sequence 0xFE 0xFF instead, which is the Unicode encoding.
Why does it do this? Why not keep the origin sequence for BOMs in UTF8?
The BOM is character U+FEFF. 0xEF 0xBB 0xBF is its UTF-8 representation. But by reading with an encoding of utf8, you're decoding UTF-8. At this point it becomes meaningless to talk about a "byte sequence"; you have a string of characters, the first of which is U+FEFF.