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NAME

byte - Perl pragma to force byte semantics rather than character semantics

SYNOPSIS

    use byte;
    no byte;

DESCRIPTION

WARNING: The implementation of Unicode support in Perl is incomplete. Expect sudden and unannounced changes!

The use byte pragma disables character semantics for the rest of the lexical scope in which it appears. no byte can be used to reverse the effect of use byte within the current lexical scope.

Perl normally assumes character semantics in the presence of character data (i.e. data that has come from a source that has been marked as being of a particular character encoding).

To understand the implications and differences between character semantics and byte semantics, see perlunicode.

SEE ALSO

perlunicode, utf8