in reply to SQLite and Storable: is "Text" okay?
It is SQLite 3.6.1. As long as the UTF-encoding is compatible with what Storable is doing, and “in all cases,” then everything is just fine as it is right now. I just wasn’t 100%-sure what storage-representation format Storable is actually using ... if that somehow needed to be “binary” in order to be correctly decoded for any-and-all data.
“The data” is just a perfectly-boring hash of strings and numbers (that does not contain references). As it happens, the text is UTF8.
P.S. I just “stumbled upon” the MLDBM module ...