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pfaut has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Is it possible to use perl to fix broken HTML character encoding?

I am downloading RSS data from a site and it appears that it was created with a broken program. It claims to be UTF-8 but I believe it should have been ISO8859-1. I see things in the text stream that look like ’ which should translate to an apostrophe. I think something grabbed the bytes, converted them to HTML entities and then claimed the result was UTF-8. I don't know enough about character encoding or the perl modules to manipulate encoding to figure out how I might convert this back to something that displays correctly in a browser.

I've already complained to the site admins but they haven't fixed the RSS generator yet and I don't suppose they will any time soon.

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dragonchild