LJ::item_toutf8 — convert one item's subject, text and props to UTF8. item can be an entry or a comment (in which cases props can be left empty, since there are no 8bit talkprops).
LJ::item_toutf8(u, subject, text, props);
u. user hashref of the journal's owner
subject. ref to the item's subject
text. ref to the item's text
props. hashref of the item's props