You're misinterpreting the instructions. Those instructions are for if you want to set up a file association with .pl files, so that you can run them like any other executable program.
If you want to run a Perl script from the command line yourself, it would be something like: C:\Perl\bin\perl.exe myperlscript.pl <argument1> <argument2> <argumentn>
(Everything in <>'s is optional)
Of course if you're actually in the directory C:\Perl\bin, you can shorten the first part to just perl.exe, or you could add C:\Perl\bin to your PATH and then no matter where you are, it's just perl.exe for the first part.
And nothing personal, but if these sorts of issues are giving you trouble, a language like Perl probably isn't for you. You might want to try something a little bit more newbie friendly. Python has a fantastic interactive mode built into the interpreter. Other languages have tried to create something similar, and I've yet to see one even come close to comparing. Even my own favorite language Ruby.
I have a problem with Perl. I installed ActiveState Perl on my Windows XP machine, but programs won?t accept command line input. The documentation to a program I want to run says:
If [the program] refuses to recognize any command-line arguments, make sure you're set up to invoke Perl on .pl documents as follows:
''C:\Perl\bin\perl.exe'' %1 %*
(or whatever the path to perl.exe is on your system).
I don?t know what this means. When I type ''C:\Perl\bin\perl.exe'' %1 %* at the command line, it says Can't open perl script ''%1'': No such file or directory. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?