Re: [code] [textadept] Virtual space copy/paste.

From: Mitchell <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2019 22:21:49 -0400 (EDT)


On Sat, 29 Jun 2019, Qwerky wrote:

> Hi Mitchell.  This is a potentially more difficult one.  I understand that
> there are some things in which the developer is limited by the underlying
> edit component (Scintilla in this case), of which this may or may not be one.
> Every editor I have ever used (because I have rejected those that didn't),
> going back to Screditor (from Alford and Associates, circa 1978), long before
> Windows or even DOS made its appearance, allowed what I refer to as free
> cursor movement.  Though I had looked at Scintilla many times, it was always
> rejected because of this lack.  I don't know at what point it made its
> appearance, but eventually I discovered that Scintilla offered what it calls
> "Virtual Space", and after that I began to look at Scintilla-based editors.
> Virtual Space is similar to what is available in editors with free cursor
> movement, but there is a difference.  It is this seemingly simple difference
> which is the target of this request:  when a rectangular selection including
> virtual space is copied, and then pasted, the resulting paste is no longer
> rectangular; i.e. the text to the right of the paste is shifted right by a
> different number of spaces on each line, depending upon whether or not that
> line within the paste included virtual space at its end.
> In free-cursor editors, a rectangular selection extending past the end of a
> line, fills that area with spaces--just for the purpose of copy/paste, /not/
> actually placing the spaces within the body of the text; therefore when it is
> pasted, a perfect rectangular copy is pasted.  This is, to me, the very most
> fundamental purpose of rectangular selection, and I would dearly love to see
> this implemented in textadept.

This request would best be made on the Scintilla mailing list:

I'm afraid I do not have the expertise to address what you brought up.


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