You didn't tell Perl to encode the output, so it didn't. The chars are being output unencoded. For example, a character with a value of E9 is output as E9. You are mistaking this lack of encoding for encoding using iso-8859-1.
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In reply to Re^6: UTF8 versus \w in pattern matching (basic test)
in thread UTF8 versus \w in pattern matching by mldvx4
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