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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The problem with unicode is the bloody encodings. Do you want utf-8, utf-16, or iso-latin-57.3? And do you want fries with that? Given a chunk of text, how do you *know* what the encoding is? Guessing isn't good enough.

    It gets worse - there's been N different versions of Unicode now, capable of encoding different numbers of characters. eg, in Java 1.0, the version of Unicode it supported only permitted 65536 different characters (a character was 16 bits) but now unicode supports at least 32 bits.

    Di