The issues with encoding should be clarified in docs, I think.
This module generates us-ascii XML documents. This is mostly ok if your feeds are for HTML only because HTML has its own way of encoding non-ASCII characters into ASCII (HTML entities). You only have to jump through a hoop to get everything encoded right.
But as Atom feeds are more and more used outside of simple case of "subscription to a stream of HTML pieces" this issue should be dealt with.
Should be easy, actually, as current Perls shine at Unicode support.
[This is a reply from the author to Darren Kulpâ€™s review:]
CPAN Ratings is not the place for bug reports. What XML::Atom::SimpleFeed actually does is it encodes all input strings to ASCII, using Encode.pmâ€™s HTMLCREF fallback. Effectively it will spit out all characters > 127 as numeric character references. If that ends up producing PERLQQ rather than HTMLCREF escaping for you, then your Encode.pm is either old or broken. Please file an RT ticket so we can figure this out.
Exactly what I've been looking for. XML::Feed::Atom doesn't support everything I want to do (and the output doesn't validate), but this module works great. It lets you use all standard output tags, and doesn't try to be smart about munging your input.
5 stars, becuase it does exactly what it should; no more, no less.