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mac version types invisible characters
Submitted by NeoVanGoth on Saturday, 14 March, 2009 - 09:07
I have a very strange issue with jEdit on MacOS X Leopard (current version). I use jEdit mainly for PHP programming and have experienced the following: Sometimes when I type correct code, I get strange syntax errors at whitespacec somewhere in the middle of an expression. When I set the line as comment and retype it below, it's working.
After seeing this behaviour several times, I looked at the code with a hex editor and saw, that those syntax errors are no single whitespaces, but indeed two bytes, which look like UTF-16 characters! I think it maybe happens for example when I type | (alt+7 on mac) and after that a space, maybe while still holding down alt (it happens when you type fast...). As in MacOS, nearly everything is a hotkey for some unicode character, I thought of that, but I couldn't reproduce it clearly.

Does anyone know this behaviour? I use the latest version of jEdit, but encountered the issue with several other versions too. The JRE is apple default, as it can't be upgraded with Sun JRE or something.
Maybe there is some way to tell the jEdit textarea to only recognize some default characters (ASCII + maybe some selfdefined unicode chars [I need umlauts])?!

Thanks and regards,
Neo / Tom
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