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From:
Rob Dixon
Date:
July 6, 2016 14:05
Subject:
[perl #128559] Code and documentation is inconsistent about namingUTF- 8
Message ID:
rt-4.0.18-24657-1467813933-1764.128559-75-0@perl.org
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This is a bug report for perl from the.rob.dixon@gmail.com,
generated with the help of perlbug 1.40 running under perl 5.24.0.


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[Please describe your issue here]

When discussing Perl internals there are valid reasons for talking about
`utf8`, but it is inexcusable when the meaning is `UTF-8`

Anything other variations, such as `utf-8` or `UTF8` should be meaningless,
although of course `Encode` must retain the aliases

I see no reason for the documentation to mention `utf8` anywhere, except as
the name of the pragma or the PerlIO layer.

In theory, Perl 5 should be able to change the internal representation of
its strings just as it does the `sort` algorithm, but we are way past that
possibility now

The docs should at least discourage discussion of the specific encoding
that is used, and talk instead about strings as containing "Unicode
characters" without any mention of encoding

[Please do not change anything below this line]
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---
Flags:
    category=docs
    severity=low
---
Site configuration information for perl 5.24.0:

Configured by strawberry-perl at Tue May 10 21:33:22 2016.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 24 subversion 0) configuration:

  Platform:
    osname=MSWin32, osvers=6.3, archname=MSWin32-x64-multi-thread
    uname='Win32 strawberry-perl 5.24.0.1 #1 Tue May 10 21:30:49 2016 x64'
    config_args='undef'
    hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=undef
    useithreads=define, usemultiplicity=define
    use64bitint=define, use64bitall=undef, uselongdouble=undef
    usemymalloc=n, bincompat5005=undef
  Compiler:
    cc='gcc', ccflags =' -s -O2 -DWIN32 -DWIN64 -DCONSERVATIVE
 -DPERL_TEXTMODE_SCRIPTS -DPERL_IMPLICIT_CONTEXT -DPERL_IMPLICIT_SYS
-fwrapv -fno-strict-aliasing -mms-bitfields',
    optimize='-s -O2',
    cppflags='-DWIN32'
    ccversion='', gccversion='4.9.2', gccosandvers=''
    intsize=4, longsize=4, ptrsize=8, doublesize=8, byteorder=12345678,
doublekind=3
    d_longlong=define, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=16,
longdblkind=3
    ivtype='long long', ivsize=8, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='long
long', lseeksize=8
    alignbytes=8, prototype=define
  Linker and Libraries:
    ld='g++', ldflags ='-s -L"C:\strawberry\perl\lib\CORE"
-L"C:\strawberry\c\lib"'
    libpth=C:\strawberry\c\lib C:\strawberry\c\x86_64-w64-mingw32\lib
C:\strawberry\c\lib\gcc\x86_64-w64-mingw32\4.9.2
    libs=-lmoldname -lkernel32 -luser32 -lgdi32 -lwinspool -lcomdlg32
-ladvapi32 -lshell32 -lole32 -loleaut32 -lnetapi32 -luuid -lws2_32 -lmpr
-lwinmm -lversion -lodbc32 -lodbccp32 -lcomctl32
    perllibs=-lmoldname -lkernel32 -luser32 -lgdi32 -lwinspool -lcomdlg32
-ladvapi32 -lshell32 -lole32 -loleaut32 -lnetapi32 -luuid -lws2_32 -lmpr
-lwinmm -lversion -lodbc32 -lodbccp32 -lcomctl32
    libc=, so=dll, useshrplib=true, libperl=libperl524.a
    gnulibc_version=''
  Dynamic Linking:
    dlsrc=dl_win32.xs, dlext=xs.dll, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags=' '
    cccdlflags=' ', lddlflags='-mdll -s -L"C:\strawberry\perl\lib\CORE"
-L"C:\strawberry\c\lib"'


---
@INC for perl 5.24.0:
    C:/Strawberry/perl/site/lib/MSWin32-x64-multi-thread
    C:/Strawberry/perl/site/lib
    C:/Strawberry/perl/vendor/lib
    C:/Strawberry/perl/lib
    .

---
Environment for perl 5.24.0:
    HOME (unset)
    LANG (unset)
    LANGUAGE (unset)
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH (unset)
    LOGDIR (unset)
    PATH=C:\PHP\;C:\ProgramData\Oracle\Java\javapath;C:\Program Files
(x86)\NVIDIA
Corporation\PhysX\Common;C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem;C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Strawberry\perl\bin;C:\Strawberry\perl\site\bin;C:\Strawberry\c\bin;C:\Python27\;C:\Python27\Scripts;E:\Perl\source\public;C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\bin;C:\Program
Files\Git\cmd;C:\ffmpeg\bin;C:\SQLite;C:\PHP;C:\tools\php
    PERL_BADLANG (unset)
    SHELL (unset)


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