Invisible characters unwanted



  • Oops. Actually, we were both wrong. It was E2 80 8B, but that decodes into…

    1110_xxxx 10yy_yyyy 10zz_zzzz
    E2        80        8B
    1110 0010 1000 0000 1000 1011
         0010   00 0000   00 1011
    0010_00_0000_00_1011
    0010_0000_0000_1011
    U+200B
    

    U+200B is the Zero Width Space. And suddenly the lack of a glyph (or, rather, not seeing anything) in Notepad++ makes perfect sense! Of course you won’t see a zero-width space. ☺

    Thanks.



  • Hello, @benoît-lechat, @adrianHHH, @peterjones, and All,

    For UTF-8 files, I very often use this simple and useful tool :

    http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/~richard/utf-8.cgi?


    For instance, given the line of Benoît’s example, from the link :

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-tMAt7OX-3OSFNjTFJVNkk3VEU/view

    • Select all that line and paste in a N++ new tab

    • Now, place the cursor, right before the opening double-quote of the string "FE-000-2"

    • Hit the Right Arrow, to be at the location, right after the " character

    • Then hit the Shift + Right Arrow shortcut to select this unknown character

    • Copy it, with the Ctrl + C shortcut

    • Open the following UTF-8 tool : http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/~richard/utf-8.cgi?

    • Paste it, with the Ctrl + V shortcut, in the box, at the top of the page

    • Choose the Interpret as character option

    • Finally, click on the Go button

    => You’ll get the Zero Width space character :-))


    You may, either :

    • Enter the text E2 80 8B, with a space separator character, between bytes

    • Choose the Interpret as Hex UTF-8 Bytes option

    • Click on the Go button

    You could also :

    • Enter the text 200B, without any space character ( Hexadecimal Unicode code-point number )

    • Choose the Interpret as Hex code-point option

    • Click on the Go button

    To end with :

    • Enter the text 8203 ( Decimal Unicode code-point number )

    • Choose the Interpret as Decimal code-point option

    • Click on the Go button

    Each time, you’ll get, again, the Zero Width space character :-))

    Best Regards,

    guy038

    P.S. :

    You can get additional and useful information on the zero-width space (ZWSP) character, from the link, below :

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-width_space


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  • But Shouldn’t we be able to see all the characters (including Zero-width space) if we use the menu option View↘Show Symbol↘Show All Characters ?

    This seems like a menu function that doesn’t work as described (ALL characters should include weird control characters and “noop” characters like zero-width space).



  • @Nathan-Harvey

    I’m feeling the same, as long as the underlying font is able to represent it, it should be displayed,
    even when not using show all symbols.

    Cheers
    Claudia



  • and it is shown

    What am I missing here?

    Cheers
    Claudia



  • @Claudia-Frank ,

    I think what you’re missing is that your font doesn’t have a glyph for the character, so shows the ? in a box.

    My font, DejaVu Sans Mono, has a glyph for that character, which is a zero-width glyph, so you cannot see it (because it’s there, but zero-width). But I can highlight it (see the little green highlight on the first line, and the “Sel: 1|1” on the status bar.

    @Nathan-Harvey , I think Notepad++ and my font are doing the right thing: there is a character (Zero-Width Space), and it is being shown, as zero-width. It’s not a control-character, so it doesn’t have a default CR LF-style box-glyph from show-all-characters.

    However, using the PythonScript plugin (that Claudia’s screenshot implied), you can run editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200B', "ZWS") to get it to replace the normal zero-width space with ZWS in a black box (similar to the CR and LF boxes). To clear that alternate representation, editor.clearRepresentation(u'\u200B'). (There is similar notation for the NppExec plugin as well, but I do not know how to represent a unicode string in its syntax.)

    By saving that to a script, and using the PythonScript Configuration menu to add that script to the Plugins > PythonScript menu, you can actually then assign a keyboard shortcut using Settings > Shortcut Mapper > Plugin Commands. If you make two scripts

    # script = Show ZeroWidth Characters (give them a non-zero-width representation)
    editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200B', "ZWS")
    editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200C', "ZWNJ")
    editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200D', "ZWJ")
    editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFEFF', "ZWNBSP")
    
    # script = Default ZeroWidth Characters (return them to their zero-width glyph from the selected font)
    editor.clearRepresentation(u'\u200B')
    editor.clearRepresentation(u'\u200C')
    editor.clearRepresentation(u'\u200D')
    editor.clearRepresentation(u'\uFEFF')
    

    you can get all the “zero width” unicode characters that I can find to toggle visibility



  • @PeterJones

    Peter, thank you very much for your insight.
    You could be and I already start thinking you are right about the glyph and my used font.
    I still feel it should be the other way around as I don’t like to have an invisible char in my code
    and wondering why it doesn’t do what it is supposed to do but than, on the other side, it doesn’t make sense to have a zero-width char. Hmmm.
    I guess I’m good as I can use my font or using setRepresentation function to see any “invisible” chars :-)
    Your explanation makes sense - absolutely.

    Thank you very much.
    Claudia



  • Also, if you want one command to do the normal Show All Characters plus showing these four Zero Width characters,

        # script = Show All Characters (including ZeroWidth)
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200B', "ZWS")
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200C', "ZWNJ")
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200D', "ZWJ")
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFEFF', "ZWNBSP")
        # if you want to _also_ show all characters with this script,
        #   first pick a different View > Show Symbols option,
        #   then pick this one (each is a toggle, so don't want to accidentally hide all characters if show-all was already selected)
        notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND.VIEW_EOL)
        notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND.VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS)
    

    And similarly to un-set Show All Characters as well as clearing the four Zero Width representations:

        # script = Don'tShow All Characters (including ZeroWidth)
        editor.clearRepresentation(u'\u200B')
        editor.clearRepresentation(u'\u200C')
        editor.clearRepresentation(u'\u200D')
        editor.clearRepresentation(u'\uFEFF')
        # if you want to _also_ hide all characters with this script,
        #   first pick a different View > Show Symbols option,
        #   then pick this one twice (each is a toggle, so don't want to accidentally show all characters if show-all was already cleared)
        notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND.VIEW_EOL)
        notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND.VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS)
        notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND.VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS)
    

    As explained in my comments, I use the VIEW_EOL to change out of VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS, no matter what the state of the VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS toggle is; then I use VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS once to set it or twice to clear it. If, instead, you’d like your DontShowAllCharacters to revert to “Show EOL” or “Show Whitespace and Tab”, then instead of VIEW_EOL/VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS/VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS sequence of three, you could just use VIEW_EOL (a sequence of one to show EOL) or VIEW_TAB_SPACE. (Though, to be safe, you might want a two-sequence of VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS/VIEW_EOL or VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS/VIEW_TAB_SPACE. It would be easier if there were a notepad.getMenuCommandState() or similar command that reads back the current state of a toggled menu command.)



  • @PeterJones

    thx,
    there are editor.getViewEOL() and editor.getViewWS() functions available
    to retrieve current state. But instead of using setView… I would recommend using
    notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND…) to be in sync with notepad++ itself.

    Cheers
    Claudia



  • @PeterJones

    I’ve noticed that after doing an editor.setRepresentation() it shows the new character representation in the currently active tab, but if I switch tabs to one which also has characters that should be shown by this, they aren’t shown. Switching back to the tab I started in, the representation I set has also disappeared.

    I think I know why this is (well, kinda, :-) ), but I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned before in this thread.



  • @Alan-Kilborn said in Invisible characters unwanted:

    I’ve noticed that after doing an editor.setRepresentation() it shows the new character representation in the currently active tab, but if I switch tabs to one which also has characters that should be shown by this, they aren’t shown. Switching back to the tab I started in, the representation I set has also disappeared.

    Here’s a little script to avoid that problem, I call it SetRepresentationForSpecialCharacters.py :

    # -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
    
    from Npp import editor, notepad, NOTIFICATION
    
    class SRFSC(object):
    
        def __init__(self):
            notepad.callback(self.callback_npp_BUFFERACTIVATED, [NOTIFICATION.BUFFERACTIVATED])
            self.callback_npp_BUFFERACTIVATED(None)
    
        def callback_npp_BUFFERACTIVATED(self, args):
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200B', "ZWS")
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200C', "ZWNJ")
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200D', "ZWJ")
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200E', "LTR")  # left-to-right mark
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFEFF', "ZWNBSP")
    

    I run it from my startup.py with this segment of code:

    import SetRepresentationForSpecialCharacters
    SetRepresentationForSpecialCharacters.SRFSC()
    


  • @Alan-Kilborn said in Invisible characters unwanted:

    editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200E', "LTR")  # left-to-right mark`
    

    Apparently this LTR issue is really annoying to you. :-)

    Looking at http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/block/general_punctuation/images.htm, there are other control characters in that block, so if your data is more varied, I might expand that to:

        # zero width in name
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200B', "ZWS")
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200C', "ZWNJ")
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200D', "ZWJ")
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFEFF', "ZWNBSP")
        # also zero width
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2060', "WJ")       # word joiner (separate from ZWJ, but still claims zero width)
        # directional controls and other toggles
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200E', "LTR")  # left-to-right mark
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200F', "RTL")  # right-to-left mark
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202A', "EMBL")  # left-to-right embedding
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202B', "EMBR")  # right-to-left embedding
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202C', "EMBP")  # pop directional formatting
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202A', "OVRL")  # left-to-right override
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202B', "OVRR")  # right-to-left override
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2066', "ISOL")  # left-to-right isolate
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2067', "ISOR")  # right-to-left isolate
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2068', "ISO1")  # first strong isolate
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2069', "ISOP")  # pop directional isolate
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206A', "SYMI")  # inhibit symmetric swapping
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206B', "SYMA")  # activate symmetric swapping
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206C', "ARAI")  # inhibit arabic form shaping
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206D', "ARAA")  # activate arabic form shaping
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206E', "SHNA")  # national digit shapes
        editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206E', "SHNO")  # nominal digit shapes
    

    But, most important is to include the characters that you, as the user of the script, might run across.



  • Hello, @peterjones, @alan-kilborn and All,

    From these two links :

    https://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2000.pdf

    https://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/UFE70.pdf

    I just rewrote these 26 special characters :

    • By increasing Unicode code-point order

    • With their exact code-points ( some typos corrected )

    • With their normalized Unicode character representation


    So, here is a new version of the @alan-kilborn’s SetRepresentationForSpecialCharacters.py file, with the merged lines from the @peterjones’s script, without using the startup.py file :

    # -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
    
    from Npp import editor, notepad, NOTIFICATION
    
    class SRFSC(object):
    
        def __init__(self):
            notepad.callback(self.callback_npp_BUFFERACTIVATED, [NOTIFICATION.BUFFERACTIVATED])
            self.callback_npp_BUFFERACTIVATED(None)
    
        def callback_npp_BUFFERACTIVATED(self, args):
    
            # FORMAT chars
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200B', "ZWSP")    # zero width space
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200C', "ZWNJ")    # zero width non-joiner
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200D', "ZWJ")     # zero width joiner
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200E', "LRM")     # left-to-right mark
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200F', "RLM")     # right-to-left mark
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202A', "LRE")     # left-to-right embedding
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202B', "RLE")     # right-to-left embedding
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202C', "PDF")     # pop directional formatting
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202D', "LRO")     # left-to-right override
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202E', "RLO")     # right-to-left override
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2060', "WJ")      # word joiner ( zero width no-break space )
    
            # INVISIBLE chars
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2061', "FA")      # function application
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2062', "IT")      # invisible times
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2063', "IS")      # invisible separator
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2064', "IP")      # invisible plus
    
            # FORMAT chars
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2066', "LRI")     # left-to-right isolate
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2067', "RLI")     # right-to-left isolate
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2068', "FSI")     # first strong isolate
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2069', "PDI")     # pop directional isolate
    
            # DEPRECATED chars
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206A', "ISS")     # inhibit symmetric swapping
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206B', "ASS")     # activate symmetric swapping
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206C', "IAFS")    # inhibit arabic form shaping
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206D', "AAFS")    # activate arabic form shaping
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206E', "NADS")    # national digit shapes
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206F', "NODS")    # nominal digit shapes
    
            # SPECIAL char
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFEFF', "BOM")     # byte order mark ( zero width no-break space : deprecated, see U+2060 )
    
            notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND.VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS)
            notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND.VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS)
    
    SRFSC()
    

    • On the other hand, you may quickly verify if some special characters exist in current file, using the Mark dialog :

      • MARK [\x{200B}-\x{200F}\x{202A}-\x{202E}\x{2060}-\x{2064}\x{2066}-\x{206F}\x{FEFF}]

    => You should see some thin red marks and , since the v7.9.2 N++ version, you can copy all these chars in a new tab, for further examination, with the Copy Marked Text button !

    • A third solution could be to perform a regex S/R ( which can be recorded as a macro) to replace any of these special characters with their Unicode representation :

      • SEARCH (\x{200B})|(\x{200C})|(\x{200D})|(\x{200E})|(\x{200F})|(\x{202A})|(\x{202B})|(\x{202C})|(\x{202D})|(\x{202E})|(\x{2060})|(\x{2061})|(\x{2062})|(\x{2063})|(\x{2064})|(\x{2066})|(\x{2067})|(\x{2068})|(\x{2069})|(\x{206A})|(\x{206B})|(\x{206C})|(\x{206D})|(\x{206E})|(\x{206F})|(\x{FEFF})

      • REPLACE (?1[ZWSP])(?2[ZWNJ])(?3[ZWJ])(?4[LRM])(?5[RLM])(?6[LRE])(?7[RLE])(?8[PDF])(?9[LRO])(?10[RLO])(?11[WJ])(?12[FA])(?13[IT])(?14[IS])(?15[IP])(?16[LRI])(?17[RLI])(?18[FSI])(?19[PDI])(?20[ISS])(?21[ASS])(?22[IAFS])(?23[AAFS])(?24[NADS])(?25[NODS])(?26[BOM])

      • Once the characters have been noted and/or the lines bookmarked, for further analyze, then just undo the replacements with Ctrl + Z

    Best Regards,

    guy038



  • @guy038

    Is it your intent with your last posting to say that, with the PDFs from unicode.org, we now have a “complete” list of invisible characters, and a script can be made that covers them all, using correct abbreviations in their N++ representations?

    At first look, it seems that anything in those docs that is shown inside a “dashed box”, e.g.:

    007dbf53-1422-4f86-9d1c-6023f2137ee3-image.png

    is a good candidate for a new representation being assigned in a N++ script like the ones above?

    If this is the case, I’m surprised that in the script you presented, not all of the seemingly invisible characters from the documents are in the script.

    EDIT: Hmm, not sure now about the “dashed box” as I just noticed some dashed boxes in the doc containing things like , and + , so probably the dashed box does not truly identify something as an “invisible character”.



  • Hi, @alan-kilborn, @peterjones and All,

    From the UnicodeData.txt file    https://www.unicode.org/Public/UCD/latest/ucd/UnicodeData.txt

    I just extract the lines relative to any character which has a General Category property Cf or Zs ( 3rd field of the list ), i.e. the Format_Control and Space_Separator characters. Indeed, depending of the current font used, these characters may be :

    • Not displayed at all ( Invisible )

    • Displayed as a question mark, inside a square or lozenge

    • Displayed as a white square box

    • Displayed with a wrong width ( case of a space char )


    As a remainder, below, here is a table, giving all values of the Unicode General Category property :

    GENERAL_CATEGORY Values :
    
    •----•-----------------------•------------------------------------------------------
    | Abv|         Value         |                     Description
    •----•-----------------------•------------------------------------------------------
    | Lu | Uppercase_Letter      | an UPPERCASE letter
    | Ll | Lowercase_Letter      | a LOWERCASE letter
    | Lt | Titlecase_Letter      | A DI-GRAPHIC character, with first part UPPERCASE
    |    |                       |
    | LC | Cased_Letter          | Lu | Ll | Lt
    |    |                       |
    | Lm | Modifier_Letter       | A MODIFIER letter
    | Lo | Other_Letter          | Other letters, including SYLLABLES and IDEOGRAPHS
    |    |                       |
    | L  | Letter                | Lu | Ll | Lt | Lm | Lo
    |    |                       |
    | Mn | Nonspacing_Mark       | A NON-SPACING COMBINING mark (zero advance width)
    | Mc | Spacing_Mark          | A SPACING COMBINING mark (positive advance width)
    | Me | Enclosing_Mark        | An ENCLOSING COMBINING mark
    |    |                       |
    | M  | Mark                  | Mn | Mc | Me
    |    |                       |
    | Nd | Decimal_Number        | A DECIMAL digit
    | Nl | Letter_Number         | A LETTERLIKE numeric character
    | No | Other_Number          | A NUMERIC character of other type
    |    |                       |
    | N  | Number                | Nd | Nl | No
    |    |                       |
    | Pc | Connector_Punctuation | A CONNECTING PUNCTUATION mark, like a tie
    | Pd | Dash_Punctuation      | A DASH or HYPHEN punctuation mark
    | Ps | Open_Punctuation      | An OPENING PUNCTUATION mark (of a pair)
    | Pe | Close_Punctuation     | A CLOSING PUNCTUATION mark (of a pair)
    | Pi | Initial_Punctuation   | An INITIAL QUOTATION mark
    | Pf | Final_Punctuation     | A FINAL QUOTATION mark
    | Po | Other_Punctuation     | A PUNCTUATION mark of other type
    |    |                       |
    | P  | Punctuation           | Pc | Pd | Ps | Pe | Pi | Pf | Po
    |    |                       |
    | Sm | Math_Symbol           | A symbol of MATHEMATICAL use
    | Sc | Currency_Symbol       | A CURRENCY sign
    | Sk | Modifier_Symbol       | A NON-LETTERLIKE MODIFIER symbol
    | So | Other_Symbol          | A SYMBOL of other type
    |    |                       |
    | S  | Symbol                | Sm | Sc | Sk | So
    |    |                       |
    | Zs | Space_Separator       | A SPACE character ( of various NON-ZERO width )
    | Zl | Line_Separator        | U+2028 LINE SEPARATOR only
    | Zp | Paragraph_Separator   | U+2029 PARAGRAPH SEPARATOR only
    |    |                       |
    | Z  | Separator             | Zs | Zl | Zp
    |    |                       |
    | Cc | Control               | A C0 or C1 CONTROL code
    | Cf | Format                | A FORMAT CONTROL character
    | Cs | Surrogate             | A SURROGATE code point
    | Co | Private_Use           | A PRIVATE-USE character
    | Cn | Unassigned            | A reserved UNASSIGNED code point or a NON-CHARACTER
    |    |                       |
    | C  | Other                 | Cc | Cf | Cs | Co | Cn
    •----•-----------------------•------------------------------------------------------
    

    And, here is the table of these 178 extracted characters :

    •-------•---------•---------------------------------------------•----•-----------•------------------•-------
    | Code  | Abbrev. |           Character Name                    | Cg | To search |    N++  Regex    | Char
    •-------•---------•---------------------------------------------•----•-----------•------------------•-------
    |  0020 |  SP     | SPACE                                       | Zs |    No     |     \x{0020}     |
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  00A0 |  NBSP   | NO-BREAK SPACE                              | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{00A0}     |   
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  00AD |  SHY    | SOFT HYPHEN                                 | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{00AD}     |  ­
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  0600 |         | ARABIC NUMBER SIGN                          | Cf |    No     |     \x{0600}     |  ؀
    |  0601 |         | ARABIC SIGN SANAH                           | Cf |    No     |     \x{0601}     |  ؁
    |  0602 |         | ARABIC FOOTNOTE MARKER                      | Cf |    No     |     \x{0602}     |  ؂
    |  0603 |         | ARABIC SIGN SAFHA                           | Cf |    No     |     \x{0603}     |  ؃
    |  0604 |         | ARABIC SIGN SAMVAT                          | Cf |    No     |     \x{0604}     |  ؄
    |  0605 |         | ARABIC NUMBER MARK ABOVE                    | Cf |    No     |     \x{0605}     |  ؅
    |  061C |  ALM    | ARABIC LETTER MARK                          | Cf |    No     |     \x{061C}     |  ؜
    |  06DD |         | ARABIC END OF AYAH                          | Cf |    No     |     \x{06DD}     |  ۝
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  070F |  SAM    | SYRIAC ABBREVIATION MARK                    | Cf |    No     |     \x{070F}     |  ܏
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  08E2 |         | ARABIC DISPUTED END OF AYAH                 | Cf |    No     |     \x{08E2}     |  ࣢
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  1680 |         | OGHAM SPACE MARK                            | Zs |    No     |     \x{1680}     |   
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  180E |  MVS    | MONGOLIAN VOWEL SEPARATOR                   | Cf |    No     |     \x{180E}     |  ᠎
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  2000 |  NQSP   | EN QUAD                                     | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2000}     |   
    |  2001 |  MQSP   | EM QUAD                                     | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2001}     |   
    |  2002 |  ENSP   | EN SPACE                                    | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2002}     |   
    |  2003 |  EMSP   | EM SPACE                                    | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2003}     |   
    |  2004 |  3/MSP  | THREE-PER-EM SPACE                          | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2004}     |   
    |  2005 |  4/MSP  | FOUR-PER-EM SPACE                           | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2005}     |   
    |  2006 |  6/MSP  | SIX-PER-EM SPACE                            | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2006}     |   
    |  2007 |  FSP    | FIGURE SPACE                                | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2007}     |   
    |  2008 |  PSP    | PUNCTUATION SPACE                           | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2008}     |   
    |  2009 |  THSP   | THIN SPACE                                  | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{2009}     |   
    |  200A |  HSP    | HAIR SPACE                                  | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{200A}     |   
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  200B |  ZWSP   | ZERO WIDTH SPACE                            | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{200B}     |  ​
    |  200C |  ZWNJ   | ZERO WIDTH NON-JOINER                       | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{200C}     |  ‌
    |  200D |  ZWJ    | ZERO WIDTH JOINER                           | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{200D}     |  ‍
    |  200E |  LRM    | LEFT-TO-RIGHT MARK                          | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{200E}     |  ‎
    |  200F |  RTM    | RIGHT-TO-LEFT MARK                          | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{200F}     |  ‏
    |  202A |  LRE    | LEFT-TO-RIGHT EMBEDDING                     | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{202A}     |  ‪
    |  202B |  RLE    | RIGHT-TO-LEFT EMBEDDING                     | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{202B}     |  ‫
    |  202C |  PDF    | POP DIRECTIONAL FORMATTING                  | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{202C}     |  ‬
    |  202D |  LRO    | LEFT-TO-RIGHT OVERRIDE                      | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{202D}     |  ‭
    |  202E |  RLO    | RIGHT-TO-LEFT OVERRIDE                      | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{202E}     |  ‮
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  202F |  NNBSP  | NARROW NO-BREAK SPACE                       | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{202F}     |   
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  205F |  MMSP   | MEDIUM MATHEMATICAL SPACE                   | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{205F}     |   
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  2060 |  WJ     | WORD JOINER                                 | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{2060}     |  ⁠
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  2061 | (FA)    | FUNCTION APPLICATION                        | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{2061}     |  ⁡
    |  2062 | (IT)    | INVISIBLE TIMES                             | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{2062}     |  ⁢
    |  2063 | (IS)    | INVISIBLE SEPARATOR                         | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{2063}     |  ⁣
    |  2064 | (IP)    | INVISIBLE PLUS                              | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{2064}     |  ⁤
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  2066 |  LRI    | LEFT-TO-RIGHT ISOLATE                       | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{2066}     |  ⁦
    |  2067 |  RLI    | RIGHT-TO-LEFT ISOLATE                       | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{2067}     |  ⁧
    |  2068 |  FSI    | FIRST STRONG ISOLATE                        | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{2068}     |  ⁨
    |  2069 |  PDI    | POP DIRECTIONAL ISOLATE                     | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{2069}     |  ⁩
    |  206A |  ISS    | INHIBIT SYMMETRIC SWAPPING                  | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{206A}     |  
    |  206B |  ASS    | ACTIVATE SYMMETRIC SWAPPING                 | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{206B}     |  
    |  206C |  IAFS   | INHIBIT ARABIC FORM SHAPING                 | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{206C}     |  
    |  206D |  AAFS   | ACTIVATE ARABIC FORM SHAPING                | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{206D}     |  
    |  206E |  NADS   | NATIONAL DIGIT SHAPES                       | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{206E}     |  
    |  206F |  NOSP   | NOMINAL DIGIT SHAPES                        | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{206F}     |  
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  3000 |  IDSP   | IDEOGRAPHIC SPACE                           | Zs |    Yes    |     \x{3000}     |   
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  FEFF |  ZWNBSP | ZERO WIDTH NO-BREAK SPACE / BYTE ORDER MARK | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{FEFF}     |  
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  FFF9 |  IAA    | INTERLINEAR ANNOTATION ANCHOR               | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{FFF9}     |  
    |  FFFA |  IAS    | INTERLINEAR ANNOTATION SEPARATOR            | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{FFFA}     |  
    |  FFFB |  IAT    | INTERLINEAR ANNOTATION TERMINATOR           | Cf |    Yes    |     \x{FFFB}     |  
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    |  110B |  (KNS)   |KAITHI NUMBER SIGN                          | Cf |    No     | \x{D804}\x{DCBD} |  𑂽
    | 110CD | (KNSA)  | KAITHI NUMBER SIGN ABOVE                    | Cf |    No     | \x{D804}\x{DCCD} |  𑃍
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    | 13430 | (EHVJ)  | EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH VERTICAL JOINER         | Cf |    No     | \x{D80D}\x{DC30} |  𓐰
    | 13431 | (EHHJ)  | EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH HORIZONTAL JOINER       | Cf |    No     | \x{D80D}\x{DC31} |  𓐱
    | 13432 | (EHITS) | EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH INSERT AT TOP START     | Cf |    No     | \x{D80D}\x{DC32} |  𓐲
    | 13433 | (EHIBS) | EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH INSERT AT BOTTOM START  | Cf |    No     | \x{D80D}\x{DC33} |  𓐳
    | 13434 | (EHITE) | EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH INSERT AT TOP END       | Cf |    No     | \x{D80D}\x{DC34} |  𓐴
    | 13435 | (EHIBE) | EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH INSERT AT BOTTOM END    | Cf |    No     | \x{D80D}\x{DC35} |  𓐵
    | 13436 | (EHOM)  | EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH OVERLAY MIDDLE          | Cf |    No     | \x{D80D}\x{DC36} |  𓐶
    | 13437 | (EHBS)  | EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH BEGIN SEGMENT           | Cf |    No     | \x{D80D}\x{DC37} |  𓐷
    | 13438 | (EHES)  | EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH END SEGMENT             | Cf |    No     | \x{D80D}\x{DC38} |  𓐸
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    | 1BCA0 | (SFLO)  | SHORTHAND FORMAT LETTER OVERLAP             | Cf |    Yes    | \x{D82F}\x{DCA0} |  𛲠
    | 1BCA1 | (SFCO)  | SHORTHAND FORMAT CONTINUING OVERLAP         | Cf |    Yes    | \x{D82F}\x{DCA1} |  𛲡
    | 1BCA2 | (SFDS)  | SHORTHAND FORMAT DOWN STEP                  | Cf |    Yes    | \x{D82F}\x{DCA2} |  𛲢
    | 1BCA3 | (SFUS)  | SHORTHAND FORMAT UP STEP                    | Cf |    Yes    | \x{D82F}\x{DCA3} |  𛲣
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    | 1D173 | (MSBB)  | MUSICAL SYMBOL BEGIN BEAM                   | Cf |    No     | \x{D834}\x{DD73} |  𝅳
    | 1D174 | (MSEB)  | MUSICAL SYMBOL END BEAM                     | Cf |    No     | \x{D834}\x{DD74} |  𝅴
    | 1D175 | (MSBT)  | MUSICAL SYMBOL BEGIN TIE                    | Cf |    No     | \x{D834}\x{DD75} |  𝅵
    | 1D176 | (MSET)  | MUSICAL SYMBOL END TIE                      | Cf |    No     | \x{D834}\x{DD76} |  𝅶
    | 1D177 | (MSBS)  | MUSICAL SYMBOL BEGIN SLUR                   | Cf |    No     | \x{D834}\x{DD77} |  𝅷
    | 1D178 | (MSES)  | MUSICAL SYMBOL END SLUR                     | Cf |    No     | \x{D834}\x{DD78} |  𝅸
    | 1D179 | (MSBP)  | MUSICAL SYMBOL BEGIN PHRASE                 | Cf |    No     | \x{D834}\x{DD79} |  𝅹
    | 1D17A | (MSEP)  | MUSICAL SYMBOL END PHRASE                   | Cf |    No     | \x{D834}\x{DD7A} |  𝅺
    |       |         |                                             |    |           |                  |
    | E0001 |  BEGIN  | LANGUAGE TAG                                | Cf |    No     | \x{DB40}\x{DC01} |  󠀁
    | E0020 |  SP     | TAG SPACE                                   | Cf |    No     | \x{DB40}\x{DC20} |  󠀠
    | ..... |         | ........................................... | .. |    No     | ................ |  .
    | ..... |         | ........................................... | .. |    No     | ................ |  .
    | ..... |         | ........................................... | .. |    No     | ................ |  .
    | E007E |  ~      | TAG TILDE                                   | Cf |    No     | \x{DB40}\x{DC7E} |  󠁾
    | E007F |  END    | CANCEL TAG                                  | Cf |    No     | \x{DB40}\x{DC7F} |  󠁿
    •-------•---------•---------------------------------------------•----•-----------•------------------•------
    

    Continuation on next post !

    guy038



  • Hi All,

    Continuation …

    From this last table, we can reasonably ignore :

    • The space and soft hyphen characters

    • Some musical characters

    • All the characters, specific to a language, modern or archaic

    • The tag characters, whose usage is strongly discouraged by the Unicode consortium.

    In other words, all characters with the No indication, in the To search column, of the previous table !

    As a result, we should only take care of this restricted list of 50 characters :

    •-------•---------•---------------------------------------------•----•------------------•-----•
    | Code  | Abbrev. |           Character Name                    | Cg |    N++  Regex    | Chr |
    •-------•---------•---------------------------------------------•----•------------------•-----•
    |  00A0 |  NBSP   | NO-BREAK SPACE                              | Zs |     \x{00A0}     |     |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  2000 |  NQSP   | EN QUAD                                     | Zs |     \x{2000}     |     |
    |  2001 |  MQSP   | EM QUAD                                     | Zs |     \x{2001}     |     |
    |  2002 |  ENSP   | EN SPACE                                    | Zs |     \x{2002}     |     |
    |  2003 |  EMSP   | EM SPACE                                    | Zs |     \x{2003}     |     |
    |  2004 |  3/MSP  | THREE-PER-EM SPACE                          | Zs |     \x{2004}     |     |
    |  2005 |  4/MSP  | FOUR-PER-EM SPACE                           | Zs |     \x{2005}     |     |
    |  2006 |  6/MSP  | SIX-PER-EM SPACE                            | Zs |     \x{2006}     |     |
    |  2007 |  FSP    | FIGURE SPACE                                | Zs |     \x{2007}     |     |
    |  2008 |  PSP    | PUNCTUATION SPACE                           | Zs |     \x{2008}     |     |
    |  2009 |  THSP   | THIN SPACE                                  | Zs |     \x{2009}     |     |
    |  200A |  HSP    | HAIR SPACE                                  | Zs |     \x{200A}     |     |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  200B |  ZWSP   | ZERO WIDTH SPACE                            | Cf |     \x{200B}     |  ​  |
    |  200C |  ZWNJ   | ZERO WIDTH NON-JOINER                       | Cf |     \x{200C}     |  ‌  |
    |  200D |  ZWJ    | ZERO WIDTH JOINER                           | Cf |     \x{200D}     |  ‍  |
    |  200E |  LRM    | LEFT-TO-RIGHT MARK                          | Cf |     \x{200E}     |  ‎  |
    |  200F |  RTM    | RIGHT-TO-LEFT MARK                          | Cf |     \x{200F}     |  ‏  |
    |  202A |  LRE    | LEFT-TO-RIGHT EMBEDDING                     | Cf |     \x{202A}     |  ‪  |
    |  202B |  RLE    | RIGHT-TO-LEFT EMBEDDING                     | Cf |     \x{202B}     |  ‫  |
    |  202C |  PDF    | POP DIRECTIONAL FORMATTING                  | Cf |     \x{202C}     |  ‬  |
    |  202D |  LRO    | LEFT-TO-RIGHT OVERRIDE                      | Cf |     \x{202D}     |  ‭  |
    |  202E |  RLO    | RIGHT-TO-LEFT OVERRIDE                      | Cf |     \x{202E}     |  ‮  |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  202F |  NNBSP  | NARROW NO-BREAK SPACE                       | Zs |     \x{202F}     |     |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  205F |  MMSP   | MEDIUM MATHEMATICAL SPACE                   | Zs |     \x{205F}     |     |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  2060 |  WJ     | WORD JOINER                                 | Cf |     \x{2060}     |  ⁠  |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  2061 | (FA)    | FUNCTION APPLICATION                        | Cf |     \x{2061}     |  ⁡  |
    |  2062 | (IT)    | INVISIBLE TIMES                             | Cf |     \x{2062}     |  ⁢  |
    |  2063 | (IS)    | INVISIBLE SEPARATOR                         | Cf |     \x{2063}     |  ⁣  |
    |  2064 | (IP)    | INVISIBLE PLUS                              | Cf |     \x{2064}     |  ⁤  |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  2066 |  LRI    | LEFT-TO-RIGHT ISOLATE                       | Cf |     \x{2066}     |  ⁦  |
    |  2067 |  RLI    | RIGHT-TO-LEFT ISOLATE                       | Cf |     \x{2067}     |  ⁧  |
    |  2068 |  FSI    | FIRST STRONG ISOLATE                        | Cf |     \x{2068}     |  ⁨  |
    |  2069 |  PDI    | POP DIRECTIONAL ISOLATE                     | Cf |     \x{2069}     |  ⁩  |
    |  206A |  ISS    | INHIBIT SYMMETRIC SWAPPING                  | Cf |     \x{206A}     |    |
    |  206B |  ASS    | ACTIVATE SYMMETRIC SWAPPING                 | Cf |     \x{206B}     |    |
    |  206C |  IAFS   | INHIBIT ARABIC FORM SHAPING                 | Cf |     \x{206C}     |    |
    |  206D |  AAFS   | ACTIVATE ARABIC FORM SHAPING                | Cf |     \x{206D}     |    |
    |  206E |  NADS   | NATIONAL DIGIT SHAPES                       | Cf |     \x{206E}     |    |
    |  206F |  NOSP   | NOMINAL DIGIT SHAPES                        | Cf |     \x{206F}     |    |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  3000 |  IDSP   | IDEOGRAPHIC SPACE                           | Zs |     \x{3000}     |     |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  FEFF |  ZWNBSP | ZERO WIDTH NO-BREAK SPACE / BYTE ORDER MARK | Cf |     \x{FEFF}     |    |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  FFF9 |  IAA    | INTERLINEAR ANNOTATION ANCHOR               | Cf |     \x{FFF9}     |    |
    |  FFFA |  IAS    | INTERLINEAR ANNOTATION SEPARATOR            | Cf |     \x{FFFA}     |    |
    |  FFFB |  IAT    | INTERLINEAR ANNOTATION TERMINATOR           | Cf |     \x{FFFB}     |    |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    |  FFFC |  OBJ    | OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER                | So |     \x{FFFC}     |    |
    |  FFFD |  ?      | REPLACEMENT CHARACTER                       | So |     \x{FFFD}     |  �  |
    |       |         |                                             |    |                  |     |
    | 1BCA0 | (SFLO)  | SHORTHAND FORMAT LETTER OVERLAP             | Cf | \x{D82F}\x{DCA0} |  𛲠  |
    | 1BCA1 | (SFCO)  | SHORTHAND FORMAT CONTINUING OVERLAP         | Cf | \x{D82F}\x{DCA1} |  𛲡  |
    | 1BCA2 | (SFDS)  | SHORTHAND FORMAT DOWN STEP                  | Cf | \x{D82F}\x{DCA2} |  𛲢  |
    | 1BCA3 | (SFUS)  | SHORTHAND FORMAT UP STEP                    | Cf | \x{D82F}\x{DCA3} |  𛲣  |
    •-------•---------•---------------------------------------------•----•------------------•-----•
    

    Remark that I added, to that list, the two characters Object Replacement Character \x{FFFC} and Replacement Character \x{FFFD} often used in case of encoding problems !


    Then the updated Mark regex would be :

    MARK [\x{00A0}\x{2000}-\x{200A}\x{200B}-\x{200F}\x{202A}-\x{202E}\x{202F}\x{205F}-\x{206F}\x{3000}\x{FEFF}\x{FFF9}-\x{FFFD}\x{D82F}\x{DCA0}\x{D82F}\x{DCA1}\x{D82F}\x{DCA2}\x{D82F}\x{DCA3}]

    And the updated Python script is :

    # -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
    
    from Npp import editor, notepad, NOTIFICATION
    
    class SRFSC(object):
    
        def __init__(self):
            notepad.callback(self.callback_npp_BUFFERACTIVATED, [NOTIFICATION.BUFFERACTIVATED])
            self.callback_npp_BUFFERACTIVATED(None)
    
        def callback_npp_BUFFERACTIVATED(self, args):
    
            # SPACE chars ( Zs )
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u00A0', "NBSP")    # no-break space
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2000', "NQSP")    # EN quad
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2001', "MQSP")    # EM quad
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2002', "ENSP")    # EN space
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2003', "EMSP")    # EN space
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2004', "3/MSP")   # three-per-EM space
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2005', "4/MSP")   # four-per-EM space
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2006', "6/MSP")   # six-per-EM space
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2007', "FSP")     # figure space
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2008', "PSP")     # punctuation space
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2009', "THSP")    # thin space
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200A', "HSP")     # hair space
    
            # FORMAT chars ( Cf )
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200B', "ZWSP")    # zero width space
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200C', "ZWNJ")    # zero width non-joiner
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200D', "ZWJ")     # zero width joiner
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200E', "LRM")     # left-to-right mark
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u200F', "RLM")     # right-to-left mark
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202A', "LRE")     # left-to-right embedding
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202B', "RLE")     # right-to-left embedding
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202C', "PDF")     # pop directional formatting
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202D', "LRO")     # left-to-right override
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202E', "RLO")     # right-to-left override
    
            # SPACE chars ( Zs )
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u202F', "NNBSP")   # narrow no-break space
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u205F', "NNBSP")   # medium mathematical space
    
    
            # FORMAT chars ( Cf )
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2060', "WJ")      # word joiner ( zero width no-break space )
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2061', "FA")      # function application
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2062', "IT")      # invisible times
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2063', "IS")      # invisible separator
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2064', "IP")      # invisible plus
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2066', "LRI")     # left-to-right isolate
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2067', "RLI")     # right-to-left isolate
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2068', "FSI")     # first strong isolate
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u2069', "PDI")     # pop directional isolate
    
            # FORMAT chars ( Cf ) DEPRECATED
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206A', "ISS")     # inhibit symmetric swapping
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206B', "ASS")     # activate symmetric swapping
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206C', "IAFS")    # inhibit arabic form shaping
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206D', "AAFS")    # activate arabic form shaping
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206E', "NADS")    # national digit shapes
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u206F', "NODS")    # nominal digit shapes
    
            # SPACE chars ( Zs )
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\u3000', "IDSP")    # ideographic space
    
            # FORMAT chars ( Cf ) SPECIALS
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFEFF', "ZWNBSP")  # zero width no-break space : deprecated ( see U+2060 ) / byte order mark
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFFF9', "IAA")     # interlinear annotation anchor
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFFFA', "IAS")     # interlinear annotation separator
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFFFB', "IAT")     # interlinear annotation terminator
    
            # OTHER symbols ( So )
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFFFC', "OBJ")     # object replacement character
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uFFFD', "<?>")     # replacement character
    
            # FORMAT chars ( Cf )
    
            # For characters OVER the BMP, with code > FFFF, we can use, EITHER, the syntaxes :
    
            #    - editor.setRepresentation(u'\U0001BCA0', "SFLO")    TRUE "32-bits" representation
            #    - editor.setRepresentation(u'\uD82F\uDCA0', "SFLO")  The   16-bits "SURROGATES PAIR"
    
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uD82F\uDCA0', "SFLO")   # shorthand format letter overlap
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uD82F\uDCA1', "SFCO")   # shorthand format continuing overlap
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uD82F\uDCA2', "SFDS")   # shorthand format down step
            editor.setRepresentation(u'\uD82F\uDCA3', "SFUS")   # shorthand format up step
    
            # Active the character representation
    
            notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND.VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS)
            notepad.menuCommand(MENUCOMMAND.VIEW_ALL_CHARACTERS)
    
    SRFSC()
    

    I did not investigate in the S/R, because of the number of chars to handle ( 50 ) and because I’m just feeling… lazy for such a task !

    However with the Mark operation, which helps you to locate exactly where are these special characters and the Python script which clearly identify them, you should be safe with your file’s contents ;-))


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    Best Regards

    guy038


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