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Re: RFC: Rename the “UTF8” flag

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Joseph Brenner
February 1, 2022 18:20
Re: RFC: Rename the “UTF8” flag
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	Felipe Gasper <> wrote:

> Then there’s utf8::is_utf8(), which, for pure-Perl code, usually means the *opposite* of what it looks like it means. THIS. IS. MADNESS. No one groks it all without investing *significant* effort.

I can see how a global rename throughout the internals could be a lot
of work, I was going to make the point that in my experience the place
where the confusion hits client programmers is "is_utf8".  It gets
used wrong a lot, to the point where when I see it used I'm not sure
what I should think-- is this a code smell, or is this one of the few
who really gets what it means (and I'm still not sure I do).

Modest proposal:  add an alias to is_utf8 to something else, e.g.
"is_heavy"  (I think I'd prefer "is_modern" but that's not without
issues.)  Then encourage the use of the new form, and possible
deprecate the old one.

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