Tony Cook has requested an extension of $20,000 for his Maintaining the Perl 5 grant. This will allow him to dedicate another 400 hours to this work. During this grant he sent regular reports to the p5p mailing list as well as providing monthly summary reports that have been published on this site, the most recent of which are linked below:

Before we make a decision on this extension, we would like to have a period of community consultation. Please leave feedback in the comments field below or if you prefer, send email with your comments to makoto at We request that all the feedback should be sent by Oct 29th.

If successful this extension will be funded from the Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund.

September 2017 Grant Votes

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The Grants Committee has concluded the voting of the September 2017 round.

There were two proposals in this round.

I'm happy to announce that the GC has voted to accept the completion of the grant by Samantha McVey (samcv)

Final Report: Start ACT - Voyager

This is a bookkeeping post regarding the 2014 Grant "Start ACT - Voyager".

Due to the Grant Committee's rules of operations, this grant was cancelled due to lack of progress in August of 2017.

Grant Report : Complete YAML::PP - September 2017

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Tinita has already achieved much in a short time on her grant to Complete YAML::PP. She has provided full details at Some highlights:

  • Produced YAML::PP::Lexer, ::Parser, ::Dumper, ::Emitter, ::Reader, ::Highlight
  • Continued work towards full YAML 1.2 compliance
  • Allows Unicode chars
  • Bugfixes, refactors and miscellaneous doodads

Code is on github.

You're wondering "What's so cool about this?" Check out Tinita's talk where you can learn all about the secret features of YAML that few parsers get right.

You're asking "How can I help?". Tina sez:

"If you have YAML data that you think should be valid, but YAML::PP can't parse it (or the other way around), please create an issue or send it to me (of course, you have to take into account the features not implemented yet).

You can simply do:


% yamlpp5-highlight < file.yaml
# ANSI colored YAML
% yamlpp5-load < file.yaml
# Data::Dumper output
% yamlpp5-load-dump < file.yaml
# Load and Dump back into YAML
% yamlpp5-events < file.yaml
# Show parsing events in yaml-test-suite format


I'm happy to receive suggestions and comments on the API."


Final Report : Grant "Robust Perl 6 Unicode Support"

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Samantha has submitted her last grant update and her final review of her work for the consideration of the community and the Grants Committee.

Highlights for the latest month of work include:

  • Her Unicode Collation Algorithm is fully merged into MoarVM
  • She has released full UCA documentation
  • Prepends are handled with more generality, so that edge cases in certain ops now work properly
  • Bugs in encoding into and handling UTF8-C8 have been squashed

In the Final Report section, Samantha reviews her many achievements and deliverables. These can be compared to the inchstones and goals of her original proposal.

The Grants Committee would appreciate comments regarding this grant and its state of completion before it votes on whether to approve the work and proceed to payment. Please make any such comments to this post.


Grant Proposal: Act Voyager


The Grants Committee has received the following grant proposal for the September/October round. Before the Committee members vote, we would like to solicit feedback from the Perl community on the proposal.

Review the proposal below and please comment here by September 26th, 2017. The Committee members will start the voting process following that and the conclusion will be announced the first week of October.

Act Voyager

  • Name:

    Theo van Hoesel

  • Amount Requested:

    USD 7,500


A Modern rebuild of the Conference Tool Kit.

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