On Thu, 04 Jul 2002 16:09:33 -0400, "Dinesh Kristenson"
> I'd appreciate what light you could shed on the following:
> 1. How does the Unicode support in 5.6.1 differ from that in 5.6? (I
> believe some 5.6 unicode features did not work - and were removed in
There's no principal difference how Unicode works in the two versions,
"only" a considerable amount of bugfixing has happened.
> 2. How far short of full Unicode compliance/support is 5.6.1?
Not applicable. Unicode support was quite "full" but different than
today. Unicode support has changed fundamentally since then.
> 3. In which areas is Perl 5.6.1's Unicode support deficient?
It's based on a model of operators within the scope of the utf8
pragma, wheras 5.8.0 will have a model attached to each scalar.
> 4. Presumably the next stable release of Perl is 5.7 (or 5.6.2) ??
5.8.0 will be the next. The 5.7.x series is a developer cycle.
> 5. Will that release provide _full_ Unicode support - or will there
> still be some gaps?
Very good Unicode support, but certainly there will be some bugs left
> 6. When is this release expected?
Every day now. There are already two prereleases available in Jarkko
Hietaniemi's CPAN directory authors/id/J/JH/JHI/. Please start playing
with it as soon as possible. The sooner Unicode-interested people are
trying their code with it, the sooner we can squash the remaining bugs
and the documentation will become better too.