: > But the Perl default must be to preserve information, to be failsoft,
: > and to try to make the best of a bad situation. If this makes other
: > computer programs look bad, well that's their problem. :-)
: Unfortunately, DWIM without a way to switch it off and without a way
: to query *why* makes Perl look bad, not other programs.
: Maybe what you propose is not that bad - but only as far as one can
: solicit warnings/errors in these "misconversion" situations.
Sure. It's fine as an option. I have no problem with sudden death
as long as it's someone else's... :-)