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Re: wide vs. complex characters

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: wide vs. complex characters
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 13:17:34 -0400

On Sun, Oct 15, 2000 at 01:10:47AM -0230, Neil Zanella wrote:
> The following description is given for cchar_t:
> A type that refers to a string consisting of a spacing wide character, up
> to 5 non-spacing wide characters, and zero or more attributes of any
> type. See Attributes, Color Pairs, and Renditions. A null cchar_t object
> terminates arrays of cchar_t objects.
> What is the point of cchar_t and why should cchar_t be so wide???
> Does this have to do with encoding attributes into the characters
> themselves? And what is the purpose of the spacing wide character?

as I understand it, they're describing characters which are built up
by overstriking onto the same box.  So cchar_t is an array of the
pieces, and they've introduced the notion of non-spacing characters
to imply that they overstrike.
Thomas E. Dickey <address@hidden>

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