- Oct 2, 20082008/10/1 Matthew Winn <vim@...>:
>The only benefit I've ever really gained from having visible spaces is
> On Tue, 30 Sep 2008 15:06:27 -0700, "Steve Hall"
> <digitect@...> wrote:
>> This always comes up because Vim can not indicate intermediate spaces
>> with the 'list' option, the obvious feature to do this since it
>> already indicates tabs, nbsp, eol, and trailing spaces.
>> Is there a purposeful reason for this?
> I would imagine that the reason Vim doesn't do this is because there's
> not really much use for it. Trailing spaces can be made visible, but
> the visibility of space within a line is implied by the characters
> surrounding it:
> This line has spaces in it.
> In applications that use proportional fonts it's occasionally useful
> to make spaces visible because it can often be difficult to see the
> difference between one space and two, but with a fixed-width font
> that's trivial. The only possible use for this feature would be if you
> needed to know exactly how many spaces were in a long gap, but there
> are easier ways to find that out than making them visible and counting
> them by eye.
> What problem is solved by making spaces within a line visible?
in a couple of slightly obstinate UTF8 files which had several
different characters used as spaces (causing some very confusing
problems): I ended up opening it up in a different editor that
highlighted character 32 as a space and none of the other 'space'
characters. I guess I could have solved this in Vim by working out
what ALL of the possible 'space-rendered' UTF8 characters were and
highlighting them (or just s/x/ /), but it seemed easier to do it the
manual way in this case as I didn't know how many different characters
there might be.
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