Bill Kelly, 08.04.2008 14:51:
> Anyway, ruby 1.8 *does* have usable UTF-8 support "out of the box."  (See also
> post #9 in that thread by Matz talking about 1.8.)

Hmm. After reading the thread, I simply tried:

puts "".length

and it returns 6 if the source file is saved with UTF8, which is plain wrong. 
(it returns 3 if saved in ISO-8859-1 encoding). 

String#size returns the same values.

In case your mail reader does not display the string correctly - it's: öäü

Thomas