I am a pretty active user of perl/Tk and most of my desktop applications that need some kind of GUI are written in it. The huge advantage of Tk over the alternatives like Wx or Gtk2 is that Tk works out out of the box on almost any OS, including the OS's I have work on like HP-UX and AIX. I never got Wx to work on 64bit versions of HP-UX and AIX and I don't bother anymore as Tk works painlessly.
Tk is currently maintained by Slaven Rezić (who is also listed as current maintainer in meta::cpan), and the github repository is publicly available, so you can checkout activity yourself.
In case of your statement that Tk doesn't support Unicode, you should pass a lot more information than what you did, as the support not only depends on the version of Tk, but also, and maybe only, on the version of perl itself. I'd argue that the absolute minimum version of perl to deal with Unicode in a reasonable reliable way is 5.8.7, but I'd advice 5.14.2 or 5.16.2 to make sure all (Unicode-related) bugs you encounter are addressed.
You have stated no information about what OS you use, what version of the OS, what version of perl (it can also be a broken vendor relase) and what version of Tk. Nor did you come up with an example that we could check.
Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
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