...because or 1) I'm a total idiot or 2) perl makes things difficult when it cames to unicode.
I have not seen any indication that hypothesis 1 should be taken seriously, but Unicode is really a complicated matter. And, as far as I can say, Perl is probably the language that makes Unicode as simple as it can be. But you need to understand a number of things before mastering the subject, and that makes it quite complex (and I certainly don't master the subject as far as I am concerned).
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