ASCII, Unicode and Livecode

Bernard Devlin bdrunrev at
Tue Aug 16 17:48:43 EDT 2011

If you get the htmlText of a char in a unicode mixed field (i.e.
containing single & double byte chars), there is an attribute of the
<p></p> tag that tells you the font.  If you get char 1 of a double
byte char, that font attribute of the paragraph tag will (in my
experience) contain "unicode" as item 2 of the font.

Thus, try "put the htmlText of char 1 of fld SomeUnicodeField into msg".

That at least allows one to detect if a char is unicode or not, even
if one only gets hold of one of the two bytes that make up the char.
I think this is the simplest (albeit clumsy) way to detect the nature
of a char in a run of mixed text.


On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM, Richmond Mathewson
<richmondmathewson at> wrote:
> As I have to develop a script that determines whether a char is a
> single-byte char or the first half of a double-byte char . . . ouch . . .
> this is probably fairly важно, to use a rather useful Bulgarian word . . .

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