Since you specifically said client filtering of a table, and since your table is HTML, I believe that what you're really looking for is a way for your Perl code to generate simple HTML based on your data set and having a person's web browser do the work of sorting, filtering, and possibly editing. With that in mind, I highly recommend that you use DataTables or similar. I've used DataTables, and there is much documentation on how to do pretty styling, but more to your point, there is a built in API for column filtering.
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