Bug in documentation for Encode::decode_utf8 ?

Jason Clifford jason at ukfsn.org
Thu Sep 5 10:08:30 BST 2013

On 2013-09-05 09:31, William Blunn wrote:
> It seems that decode_utf8(...) is a no-op if the input string has the
> UTF8 flag on, but decode("utf8", ...) will always try to decode
> regardless of the state of the UTF8 flag.
> But the documentation says that they are equivalent.
> So the documentation would appear to be at odds with the behaviour.

Yes. Looking at the code decode_utf8 has "return $_ if is_utf8($_)" as 
it's first line which decode does not.
decode_utf8 also lacks the a check that find_encoding('utf8') succeeded 
before using it however if that causes a problem it's because there are 
far bigger problems. Another difference is that decode_utf8 appends '' 
if $_ is a reference while decode() appends '' without any condition.

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