[Israel.pm] The syntax role of the colon (':')

Meir Guttman meir at guttman.co.il
Sat Sep 15 09:43:20 PDT 2012

Hey folks!

Every once in a while I encounter the colon (':') as part of the Perl

Examples are <binmode STDOUT, ":utf8";> and <open my $ini_fh,
"<:encoding(utf8)", $node_ini_fn; >.

(Well, except the double colon as a directory-tree separator replacement.)

Can anybody elucidate?


Shana Tova and Gmar-Khatima Tova,



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