Merge and unicode

Dar Scott Consulting dsc at
Tue Sep 10 16:38:53 EDT 2019

Because htmlText does not set the metadata to interesting characters, you can consider this workaround:

Change the quotes in tCONCEPT to “ and ”. And, thus, in tMETADATA.

> On Sep 10, 2019, at 12:47 PM, J. Landman Gay via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> :)
> 1. Jacque is very confused too, but is afraid of big sticks.
> 2. Encoding should be identical throughout. I'm working with a large text block, pulling out sections to create a list. All data is retrieved from othe same variable, which is UTF16 native LC text.
> 3. The metadata is only set at the "paragraph" level, which I need instead of "line" because there is a soft return in each entry.
> 4. I did try to textDecode the metadata, but since it was already decoded in the source, decoding came out as garbage. I even tried encoding it too, knowing it wouldn't work, and I was right.
> Solution: urlEncode the metadata before merging, and urlDecode after retrieval. When my example is urlEncoded it becomes a simple string:
> PP04_The+%D2Mystery%D3+of+Marriage
> I suppose anything that makes ascii out of the text would work, like base64.
> On 9/10/19 1:04 PM, dsc--- via use-livecode wrote:
>> Jacque, these are my latest thoughts as far as possible problems.
>> 1. Dar is very confused and off in the wrong direction. Use big stick.
>> 2. Binary data is in an 8-bit char set encoding causing problems with UTF-8 decode. Check encoding.
>> 3. Field, line and character metadata are interfering. Clear all, then set and get consistently.
>> 4. Merge is not handling binary data as text. Use textDecode first.
>> Dar Scott
>> Mad Scientist
> -- 
> Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
> HyperActive Software           |
> _______________________________________________
> use-livecode mailing list
> use-livecode at
> Please visit this url to subscribe, unsubscribe and manage your subscription preferences:

More information about the use-livecode mailing list