Perl: Practical Extraction and Report Language

Schmidt's Perl for Bioinformatics
Perl doc
Hypertext manual
Perl5 Reference Guide
Tips (Dekan)
TheScripts Tutorial
Data Munging with Perl
Using Perl for Data Culling
Learning perl by example:   NowIsTheTime.txt

Code for converting windows extended ascii format text (e.g., save as .txt from MSWord):

  # (Windows-1252 converts \0x92 to \x{2019} for MSWord's apostrophe, etc)
  open(TEXT, "<:encoding(Windows-1252)", $textFile) or die("Cannot read ".$textFile);
  while (my $inp=) {
    # convert MSWord apostrophes to ascii (hexdump shows X92/91 which are blindly 
    #                                    converted to E28099)
    $inp =~ s/[\x{2019}\x{2018}]/\'/g;
    # convert MSWord ellipses to ascii (hexdump shows X85 which is blindly converted
    #                                 to E280A6)
    $inp =~ s/\x{2026}/.../g;
    # convert MSWord quotes to ascii (hexdump shows X93/94 which are blindly converted
    #                                 to E2809C/9D)
    $inp =~ s/[\x{201C}\x{201D}]/\"/g;

    # rest of code
  close TEXT;

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