[TxMt] Feature Request: Number of Characters Selected

Hans-Jörg Bibiko bibiko at eva.mpg.de
Mon Jun 25 18:11:16 UTC 2007

On 25.06.2007, at 19:51, Robert M. Zigweid wrote:

> Greetings.  I saw a neat feature in another editor, and I was  
> wondering if there was similar functionality in TextMate.  If there  
> is, I haven't found it yet and a pointer would be most appreciated.
> When making a selection, I was wondering if there was some  
> interface point that easily displayed how many characters were  
> selected.
> My use case?  Constructing HTTP Requests and wishing to supply the  
> accurate content length quickly and easily.  I can imagine other  
> use cases as well, but this is the one that I can see needing most  
> often.

You will find the content of your selection in the TM variable  
TM_SELECTED_TEXT. Now is up to you, what kind of programming language  
do you prefer and what encoding to you need.

in bash: echo "$TM_SELECTED_TEXT" | wc -c

in Perl: length($ENV['TM_SELECTED_TEXT'])


If you have to deal with utf-8 then one solution would be to use  
Ruby's/Perl's split(//u) function

Or you can calculate the length by using the TM variables:


this only works for ASCII


You can use 'Filter through command'
Input: Selection
Command: wc -c
Output: Show Tool Tip

#this works for ascii



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