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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal>Hey folks!<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Every once in a while I encounter the colon (&#8216;:&#8217;) as part of the Perl syntax.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Examples are &laquo;<b><span style='font-family:"Courier New"'>binmode STDOUT, &quot;<span style='background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>:</span>utf8&quot;;</span></b>&raquo; and &laquo;<b><span style='font-family:"Courier New"'>open my $ini_fh, &quot;&lt;<span style='background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>:</span>encoding(utf8)&quot;, $node_ini_fn;</span></b> &raquo;.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal> (Well, except the double colon as a directory-tree separator replacement.)<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Can anybody elucidate?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Shana Tova and Gmar-Khatima Tova,<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Meir<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p></div></body></html>