That’s quite an interesting twist on Planet/Venus. I had previously thought that sites built by Planet were rather complete on their own, but using Planet to stuff a WordPress blog certainly sounds like fun.
Adam: just so there isn’t any confusion, when I said “amusing” I meant that in a strictly as a pejorative euphemism. I happen to have strong feelings about the importance of internationalization, and know that people can produce web sites that handle accented characters correctly, even with PHP.
Adam: remove_accents is an exemplary demonstration of morons at work: “there are some Œ characters in those feeds that give the code indigestion so I need to get rid of them.” Guess how often the rountine will end up getting patched with that approach? Unicode has 1,113,985 code points beyond US-ASCII. The routine currently covers 6. And anyhow, most of them cannot be usefully transliterated into ASCII.
The right approach is to get i18n right, which, as Sam said, can be done. (Even though PHP makes it unnecessarily difficult.)