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Re: yet more term.el fixes #2

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: yet more term.el fixes #2
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 13:47:08 +0900

Dan Nicolaescu <address@hidden> writes:
> Looking closer, the characters > 158 decimal have char-width 4 in my
> setup. 
> Use this to print all the widths: 

Hmmm, using that code I get simular (odd) results:  the result of
`char-width' seems to be completely unrelated to the actual displayed
width of the characters -- some values are displayed as a single column
character, but have a `char-width' value of 4, and some are displayed as
a 4-column escape-sequence, but have a `char-width' value of 1!!

Here's a version that uses `decode-coding-string' to get correct
results; probably term.el should be using something like that:

   (defun print-width ()
     (let ((i 0))
       (while (< i 256)
         (let ((decoded (decode-coding-string (string i) 'iso-8859-1)))
           (insert (format "%d %d %s\n" i (string-width decoded) decoded)))
         (setq i (1+ i)))))

Using this, all the char-width values match the displayed representation.

When simply inserting raw character values in to the buffer, it seems
that some sort of default decoding takes place at insert/display time,
but an equivalent default decoding is not done by `char-width'; whether
that represents a bug, and if so, where, I don't know, but I think it's
probably always safer to be explicit as in the above code.

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