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       Encode::Alias - alias definitions to encodings

         use Encode;
         use Encode::Alias;
         define_alias( newName => ENCODING);

       Allows newName to be used as an alias for ENCODING. ENCOD-
       ING may be either the name of an encoding or an encoding
       object (as described in Encode).

       Currently newName can be specified in the following ways:

       As a simple string.
       As a qr// compiled regular expression, e.g.:
             define_alias( qr/^iso8859-(\d+)$/i => '"iso-8859-$1"' );

           In this case, if ENCODING is not a reference, it is
           "eval"-ed in order to allow $1 etc. to be substituted.
           The example is one way to alias names as used in X11
           fonts to the MIME names for the iso-8859-* family.
           Note the double quotes inside the single quotes.

           (or, you don't have to do this yourself because this
           example is predefined)

           If you are using a regex here, you have to use the
           quotes as shown or it won't work.  Also note that
           regex handling is tricky even for the experienced.
           Use this feature with caution.

       As a code reference, e.g.:
             define_alias( sub {shift =~ /^iso8859-(\d+)$/i ? "iso-8859-$1" : undef } );

           The same effect as the example above in a different
           way.  The coderef takes the alias name as an argument
           and returns a canonical name on success or undef if
           not.  Note the second argument is not required.  Use
           this with even more caution than the regex version.

       Changes in code reference aliasing

       As of Encode 1.87, the older form

         define_alias( sub { return  /^iso8859-(\d+)$/i ? "iso-8859-$1" : undef } );

       no longer works.

       Encode up to 1.86 internally used "local $_" to implement
       ths older form.  But consider the code below;

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         use Encode;
         $_ = "eeeee" ;
         while (/(e)/g) {
           my $utf = decode('aliased-encoding-name', $1);
           print "position:",pos,"\n";

       Prior to Encode 1.86 this fails because of "local $_".

       Alias overloading

       You can override predefined aliases by simply applying
       define_alias().  The new alias is always evaluated first,
       and when neccessary, define_alias() flushes the internal
       cache to make the new definition available.

         # redirect SHIFT_JIS to MS/IBM Code Page 932, which is a
         # superset of SHIFT_JIS

         define_alias( qr/shift.*jis$/i  => '"cp932"' );
         define_alias( qr/sjis$/i        => '"cp932"' );

       If you want to zap all predefined aliases, you can use


       to do so.  And


       gets the factory settings back.

       Encode, Encode::Supported

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