in reply to Writing localized Perl apps

In working with PDF::Template, I had to deal with this directly because I was working on an app that was seamlessly presented in 12 languages. The short answer is that Perl 5.8+ treats strings as purely Unicode.

Before that, you pretty much have to use Unicode::String and accept the performance penalties (which are quite significant). *shrugs*

Now, Parrot-targeted languages will have Unicode built into the ASM (as it were), but I'd direct anyone interested in this to read the parrot mailing list for more info.

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