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Tuesday February 10, 2004
05:55 AM

Unrecognized character \xCA

[ #17322 ]

I have lived with this issue for a VERY long time, now it is time to do something about it.

When I program Perl and I type || in BBEdit I get the following error when compiling:

Unrecognized character \xCA

If somebody knows what the problem is, I am very interested

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  • Apparently, "\xCA" is a non-breaking space on the Mac — the same as "\xA0" on Windows and in ISO-Latin-1, and " " in HTML.

    So why wouyld BBEdit replace a normal space with a non-breaking space? It doesn't quite add up.

    • It seems the alt + space combination inserts this character, so writing code like:

      open(FIN "<$file") || die "Unable ...

      Triggers this often, resulting in compilation error :-/
  • Alt-Gr (German Layout) + 7 is the vertical line. Alt-Gr + Space is that character. ||Boom!
    • On my Powerbook with danish keyboard the | is located on i and is activated using it in combination with alt. So it is simply because of speedy typing and unfortunately it does not show up in the editor.

      thanks for the response pin-pointing the problem :)

      Now I will look into a solution/workaround to the problem.
      • use emacs? :-)

        (Or is emacs just a solution still searching for its problem?)

        • Apparantly BBEdit has a flag where you can indicate so you can see 'invisible' characters.

          Invisible characters in a text editor?

          This seems to do the job, the only problem now is that have indicators of tabs and newlines aswell (looks like an old version of Wordperfect).

          But I'll survive