\xFE is 254, not 255. It's the second biggest a byte gets. \xFF is the biggest byte.
In any case, the character with code point U+00FE isn't a single-byte character in any Unicode character encoding scheme.
I suspect the peculiar reference to U+00FE in the documentation has something to do with the Concordance DAT file. I hope it does, because it would then imply that Text::CSV_XS can be used to parse Concordance DAT records, which is precisely what I need to do.
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