Drupal :: Poor String Truncation

I’m not a core coder, but I can recognize a naive coding job when I see one. Case in point is that the logic that limits the maximum field length in Drupal 6 Views counts markup in its character count. I see from searching for others with this same pain that there’s also an issue with this logic and double-byte characters such as the typical CJKV sets. There’s talk of it having been fixed in Drupal 7, but Yale’s centrally supported install is Drupal 6, so that’s no good to me.