Author Topic: Why would "view special chars" and similar be disabled?  (Read 1443 times)

Margaret

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Why would "view special chars" and similar be disabled?
« on: April 19, 2014, 04:07:56 pm »
I pulled a file over from unix (freebsd) and found that while it's readable and editable, I can't elect to see special chars and similar - those menu items are disabled.  Is that significant of something nasty?

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Re: Why would "view special chars" and similar be disabled?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2014, 08:41:06 pm »
I guess it's a unicode file. Special, white space chars can't be viewed for unicode files.
Dry run 'Save as' and check the current 'Encoding' drop-down entry at the bottom of the dialog.
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Margaret

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Re: Why would "view special chars" and similar be disabled?
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2014, 09:54:51 am »
You're right, it's a unicode file, but I can't imagine why that would be a limitation, since whitespace chars remain whitespace chars.  Far out.  I learn something new every day, it seems.

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Re: Why would "view special chars" and similar be disabled?
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2014, 01:10:59 pm »
Special character display was improved quite a bit in v18. Special character display supports Unicode files in v18 but not in the prior versions.

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Re: Why would "view special chars" and similar be disabled?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2014, 01:29:31 pm »
Sorry, I missed the rather important version/v18 hint. My bad.. HS2

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Re: Why would "view special chars" and similar be disabled?
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2014, 04:09:23 pm »
Sorry, I missed the rather important version/v18 hint. My bad.. HS2

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