LWP::UserAgent And Fetching UTF8 encoded XML (RSS/Atom Feeds)

LWP::UserAgent is supposed to be smart enough to parse the html headers (by default) and figure out the encoding. However, some of the xml responses out there don’t pass the right header information. Instead, they rely on the encoding attribute of the xml. For example

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

It could be utf-8 or some other encoding. So, one way to deal with this is using the following code

my $content = $response->content;
my $encoding = 'utf8'; # assume this is the default
if($content =~ /encoding="([^"]+)"/) {
$encoding = $1;
$content = $response->decoded_content((charset => $encoding));

That’s pretty much it.

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