in reply to Re^2: Hangman Assistant
in thread Hangman Assistant

A good line for a perl program aimed at running under various languages under modern Linux systems would be this:

use encoding ':locale';

That way, all calculations about string length (among others) are base on characters and not on bytes. For example, many Spanish characters, under a UTF-8 system such as mine (Ubuntu 9.04), are coded in a 2-byte scheme--but this should be transparent to the programmer. So that length('aņo') yields 4 before adding use encoding ':locale'; and length('aņo') yields 3 after adding use encoding ':locale';.