Inserting unicodeText into a unicode string? #2

Mike Bonner bonnmike at
Sun Aug 29 08:57:49 EDT 2010

Addition:  Since this thread does apply to unicode apparently. my
guess the pseudocode for this would be something like..

On click
get the clickcharchunk
--get the unicodetext from the field
determine if the clichcharchunk word 2 number returned is at the
single or double byte position and adjust accordingly (again, haven't
ever really dealt with unicode, but mark mentioned something about
set a holding container to char 1 to your calculated split point.
At this point you don't really need to put the 2nd half into a holding
container, should be able to delete char 1 to your calculated split
point in your container
then set the unicodetext of the original field to the unicodetext of
field "Your holding container" & the unicode you want inserted & the
unicodetext of field "the original field"

On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 6:49 AM, Mike Bonner <bonnmike at> wrote:
> I don't think this applies when using get and set for unicode, but if
> its a straight text field where you can use put, there are a couple
> options.
> YOu can do:
> put "What I want inserted" into the selectedtext
> This will insert at the insertion point if nothing is selected, or
> will replace whatever is selected in the field.
> Or, you can do
> put "What I want inserted" after char (word 4 of the selectedchunk) of field 1
> But if I recall correctly, this solution is a little more complicated
> because you have check word 2 and word 4 of the selectedchunk to see
> whats selected then determine programatically in that range where the
> insertion should occur, or if the selection should be removed or...
> If the selection is just an insertion point, then the example above
> (word 4 of the selectedchunk) of field "yourfield" works fine.
> Another option, if the text of the field is locked, is to check the
> clickcharchunk which will return the number position of the clicked
> char (same format as clickchunk or selectedchunk except both word2 and
> word 4 will be the same) at which point you can decide to put
> something before or after that char, or split the field at that spot.
> To do the insertion directly with this method, your mouseup handler
> could contain:
> on mouseup
>   put "your insertion string"  before char (word 2 of the clickcharchunk) of me
> end mouseup
> On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 5:09 AM, Richmond <richmondmathewson at> wrote:
>>  Imagine a field "fTX" that contains the text 'meaty chunks';
>> when I click between 'meaty' and 'chunks' I want to be
>> able to insert something there via code rather than via keyboard.
>> So, why does this not work; in the script of fld "fTX" ?
>> on mouseUp
>>  select the text of me
>> end mouseUp
>> i.e. the text in fld "fTX" is not selected.
>> Now:
>> 1. How can I get to a situation where when I click in a textField containing
>> text I get this:
>> 1.1. the part of the string in the field before the place where I click (or
>> move my cursor) is selected
>>      and put into another field (e.g. 'fBEFORE') and the part of the string
>> after the place where I click
>>     (or move my cursor) is selcted and put into another field (e.g.
>> 'fAFTER')?
>> 1.2. allowing me to INSERT text programmtically between the 2 chunks of the
>> string.
>> Something tells me (I dunno what) that I am not being screamingly original
>> and this must be:
>> 2.1. Documented somewhere.
>> 2.2. Have been done many, many times before.
>> 2.3. I am just being 'plain stooopid'.
>> Richmond.
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