"Very Odd?"

No.

quoth perldoc perlpod, qv:

"=encoding *encodingname*"
This command is used for declaring the encoding of a document. Most users won't need this; but if your encoding isn't US-ASCII or Latin-1, then put a "=encoding *encodingname*" command early in the document so that pod formatters will know how to decode the document. For *encodingname*, use a name recognized by the Encode::Supported module. Examples:
  • =encoding utf8
  • =encoding koi8-r
  • =encoding ShiftJIS

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In reply to Re^2: single quote munged by perldoc? by ww
in thread single quote munged by perldoc? by papidave

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