The input is (part of) a template. In other words, it's just human-readable text, no code (no Perl, no HTML). There may be a couple of lines, each starting with an asterisk - that's what my function parses.
But that's probably not important, as my goal is to have a line-by-line loop structure which allows in-place modifications. For that matter, the input is guaranteed to always be UTF-8 encoded text (only printable characters and whitespaces).
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