binmode can do more than turning off newline conversion. It can set I/O layers, like :utf8 and :encoding(utf8). See binmode for more details, and the difference between the two layers.
Of course, it is also possible to setup the required I/O layers directly in open, using the three-arguments form. See open.
Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)
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