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Re: Spacing within org-mode tables when diacritics are used

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: Spacing within org-mode tables when diacritics are used
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:14:55 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <> writes:

>> From: Eric Abrahamsen <>
>> Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2017 07:58:17 -0700
>> > Because 'length' returns the number of characters in a string, not the
>> > number of bytes.  See its doc string.
>> I know... Obviously this isn't worth arguing about, but I still suspect
>> this is the change OP doesn't have:
> Maybe you are right, although string-width shouldn't affect display of
> normal-width characters such as é.  It only affects double-width
> characters, or characters that Emacs composes into a single grapheme
> cluster.  Multibyte-ness per se doesn't come into play here.  That's
> why I asked how that é was typed, and what was its encoding on the
> file (if the table was imported from a file).  If there were actually 
> 2 characters, e and ́, then yes, using length would produce wrong
> results that string-width would fix.

Ah, interesting -- thanks for the clarification.

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