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Re: The Perl UTF-8 and utf8 Encoding Mess

by Juerd (Abbot)
on Sep 03, 2008 at 12:42 UTC ( #708737=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The Perl UTF-8 and utf8 Encoding Mess

To stay on the topic of Perl (for now), rather than which community to ask for help: yes, it's immensely tragic that the difference between utf8 and utf-8 (note: case insensitive!) is so subtle visually, but so important semantically. It's tragic not because such a subtle distinction would be bad per se (after all, + versus - is the same amount of visual difference but we've been perfectly capable of coping with that), but because UTF-8 is an identifier used also outside the Perl world, where utf8 and utf-8 generally mean the same thing.

But it's something we'll just have to get used to. One of the many historically defined quirks, that practically every language, whether programming or natural, has. It's documented and within this community fairly well known. Now if only indeed they'd just ask the Perl community for help, rather than that of Twitter... :).

Juerd # { site => '', do_not_use => 'spamtrap', perl6_server => 'feather' }

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[holli]: in what way improved?
[ambrus]: I may have ruined my good keyboard on Friday by spilling tea in it. I hope it's just temporarily malfunctioning until it dries out, but I fear it might be permanently damaged.
[holli]: did you soak the controller boardlet?
[Eily]: could be worse, you might have ruined your tea with the content of the keyboard
[holli]: if you didnt you should be fine
LanX .oO( holli needs standards which are standardized!!)
[holli]: do i?
[holli]: oh for the keyboard

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