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As others have already shown, it is best to separate the functions of decode and translation. The following code demonstrates a few minor improvements. The use of character names allows you to type your script in pure ascii. It makes your intention clear without concern about how very similar looking graphics are displayed (Probably the same reasons that you used informal character names in your post). I prefer the use of the tr/// operator rather than s///g for fixed substitutions such as this.
use strict; use warnings; use Encode 'decode'; use Test::More tests=>1; my $in_file = qq(This isn\xe2\x80\x99t hard); my $text = decode('utf-8', $in_file); $text =~ tr/\N{RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK}/\N{APOSTROPHE}/; is( $text, q(This isn't hard), 'quote mark test' );

OUTPUT:

1..1 ok 1 - quote mark test
Bill

In reply to Re: replacing close-single-quote with apostrophe by BillKSmith
in thread replacing close-single-quote with apostrophe by BernieC

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