I find it interesting that perl 5.6 introduced Unicode everywhere internally and no-one had to rewrite a thing.
Maybe in the US because US-ASCII is good for everyone there (with a few reluctantly admitting that ISO-8859-1 exists too). But I remember perl 5.6 release well exactly because it broke important programs (for me anyway) working with international text and reencoding it. Somehow, perl 5.8 managed to break them again. Then I stopped counting.
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