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Note that iso-8859-1 is a unicode encoding -- it just doesn't support all of the characters.

I don't know what you mean by "unicode encoding" (are there encodings that map to non-unicode chars?), but in the perl context it's worth mentioning that iso-8859-1 strings don't follow unicode-semantics by default, the need to be encoded like any other string:

# this file is stored as latin1 print "" =~ m/\w/ ? "Unicode\n" : "Bytes\n"; __END__ Bytes

Perl's unicode support is great, but the programmer MUST learn the difference between unicode and utf-8, and the difference between text data and binary data.

Yes, and they have to learn that for any kind of tool that supports Unicode and different encodings.

And I really like the Perl 6 spec which allows string operations on byte, codepoint and grapheme level ;-)


In reply to Re^2: How to reverse a (Unicode) string by moritz
in thread How to reverse a (Unicode) string by moritz

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