52922Re: Is vim really fully unicoded?
- Jan 6, 2009On 1/6/09, Tony Mechelynck wrote:
>Ooh, you're right - I forgot col() returned a byte index, and not the
> On 07/01/09 00:39, Matt Wozniski wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 6:10 PM, Tony Mechelynck wrote:
> >> On 06/01/09 12:31, anhnmncb wrote:
> >>> Hi, list, as title, if so, why can't many functions
> >>> still handle correctly with unicode? For example the func:
> >>> getline('.')[col('.')-1]
> >>> Can't return a charactor outside the range of ascii.
> >> because string[index] returns a byte value, not a character value: see
> >> ":help expr8".
> > *Nod*
> >> If the character at the cursor is> U+007F, you'll get
> >> the first byte (in the range 0xC0-0xFD, or in practice in the range
> >> 0xC0-0xF4) of its UTF-8 representation.
> > No, you could get some byte of some entirely different character. Ie,
> > on a line with two 2-byte characters, getline('.')[col('.')-1] on the
> > second character would return the 2nd byte of the first character.
> col() gives a one-based byte ordinal.  takes a zero-based argument. I
> stand by what I said.
column as its name would imply...
> >> The _character_ at the cursor is obtained as follows:echo matchstr(getline('.'), '\%' . col('.') . 'c.')
> >> let i0 = byteidx(getline('.'), virtcol('.') - 1)
> >> let i1 = byteidx(getline('.'), virtcol('.'))
> >> let character = strpart(getline('.'), i0, i1 - 10)
> > Using virtcol() there seems broken... what if you're in the middle of
> > a tab, for example, with virtualedit=all?
> > :echo join(split("áéíóú", '\zs')[1:3], '')
> OK, I didn't think of virtual editing, nor even, it seems, of
> multi-column characters such as tabs and fullwidth CJK. However, [1:3]
> wouldn't work because the idea is that we're in a script, we don't know
> that we're in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd column, just that we want "whatever is
> at the cursor". I might do it with
> function CursorChar()
> normal yl
> return @@
does the same thing without clobbering the unnamed register...
slightly more elegant, imho.
> > is how I would do it... but, is there any real reason why indexingBut sometimes, breaking things is required to make progress. The fact
> > into a string *should* be byte oriented instead of character oriented,
> > apart from backwards compatibility? It seems drastically less easy to
> > use the thing that more people want to use more of the time; and in
> > fact some of the snippets in the vim help (like the example given at
> > :help expr-8) won't work on multibyte lines given the way that string
> > indexing works now. It seems like a place where the cost of losing
> > backwards compatibility might be outweighed by the cost of keeping
> > things the way they are...
> Changing an existing construct from byte-oriented to
> multibyte-character-oriented would probably break a lot of existing
> scripts. I don't believe Bram would ever accept that.
that we're having a conversation with both of us suggesting (fairly
complicated) things that haven't worked is a perfect proof for the
fact that the current system is counterintuitive and hard to use...
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