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Re: RFC: Rename the “UTF8” flag

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"G.W. Haywood" via perl5-porters
January 28, 2022 16:55
Re: RFC: Rename the “UTF8” flag
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Hi there,

On Fri, 28 Jan 2022, Felipe Gasper wrote:

> ...
> # Rename the “UTF8” Flag
> ...
> Perl’s “UTF8 flag” confuses Perl users, and even occasionally its
> maintainers. This RFC proposes to rename it in source code and
> documentation, retaining old names as aliases to avoid breaking callers
> of Perl’s C API (XS modules & embedders).
> This RFC proposes the replacement term “heavy”: `SvHEAVY`, etc.


This sort of thing is hugely important to the humble user[1].  As one
such user, thoughtful efforts to clarify the existing dog's breakfast
will assuredly get my vote (which is not to say that, in this context,
I delude myself that I actually have one:).


[1] "Name and intended use."  [United States Food and Drug Administration]

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