Unicode-MapUTF8 (Conversions to and from arbitrary character sets and UTF8) module f or perl

This package is based on the package 'perl-Unicode-MapUTF8' from project 'home:stephan_d:smbldap-tools'.

Provides an adapter layer between core routines for converting to and from UTF8
and other encodings. In essence, a way to give multiple existing Unicode modules
a single common interface so you don't have to know the underlaying
implementations to do simple UTF8 to-from other character set encoding
conversions. As such, it wraps the Unicode::String, Unicode::Map8, Unicode::Map
and Jcode modules in a standardized and simple API.
This also provides general character set conversion operation based on UTF8 -
it is possible to convert between any two compatible and supported character
sets via a simple two step chaining of conversions.
As with most things Perlish - if you give it a few big chunks of text to chew
on instead of lots of small ones it will handle many more characters per second.
By design, it can be easily extended to encompass any new charset encoding
conversion modules that arrive on the scene.
This module is intended to provide good Unicode support to versions of Perl
prior to 5.8. If you are using Perl 5.8.0 or later, you probably want to be
using the Encode module instead. This module does work with Perl 5.8, but
Encode is the preferred method in that environment.

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