thank you for the perldocs links and for your article Character Encodings in Perl
(which I found even though the suffix .de was missing from the href in your post).
I also read the excellent Unicode backgrounder on Joel on Software site.
But don't roll any encoding handling code by hand, it's all been done before and properly tested.
Very right, except that some of it might have been properly tested on a Mac or on Linux, and not at all on Windows. Caveat emptor.
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