After fiddling with UTF-8 in Perl, again, I've found a nice and handy checklist on stackoverflow. Some other ressources that may come in handy: http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/010546.html http://www.utf8-zeichentabelle.de/ http://www.cosmocode.de/en/blog/gohr/2009-12/10-surviving-the-perl-utf-8-madness More