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Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
Per Bothner <email@example.com> writes:You're contradicting yourself: I asked about a use-case for *character* as a separate *data type*.Text editors.
You need keyboard *events*, for input, but they're obviously quite different from characters. (They have modifier bits, plus maybe separate up/down events.) You need to store and modify text data in *buffers*, but there is no need for characters as a separate data type. You do need functions to "move to the next character/word/line/paragraph", but again these work in characters in a buffer, not individual characters. You need be able to display the text, which involves searching for glyphs in fonts, possibly performing kerning, line-breaking, etc. Again, a character data type will probably be either too high-level or too low-level. You certainly don't want to have it built-in to your programming language, but into your display software. -- --Per Bothner firstname.lastname@example.org http://per.bothner.com/