The standard representation of text or characters has evolved over time. Unicode is emerging as the standard universal character encoding. Perl is the dominant scripting language for processing text. Per its nature of adapting to popular "paradigms", there was a consensus amongst the Perl community (after Larry Wall's decree) that supporting Unicode "would be a good thing". Perl now supports Unicode both as data and as identifiers using UTF-8. Perl is now very adept at processing Unicode data, which has allowed Perl to become popular in processing XML documents.

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