[TxMt] Re: another wish for the global Find dialog

Matt Neuburg matt at tidbits.com
Wed Sep 14 14:12:00 UTC 2016

> On Sep 14, 2016, at 12:19 AM, Allan Odgaard <mailinglist at textmate.org> wrote:
> On 9 Sep 2016, at 16:39, Matt Neuburg wrote:
>> You asked about the use case. I think what happened was that there was a space in the replace field left over from a previous search. I couldn't see it so I didn't know it was there. Thus I thought my global find-and-replace was about to delete all the seach targets but it actually replaced them with a space. This mistake was surprisingly tricky to recover from. Clearly the background color _would_ have helped me catch this, because I would have seen blocks of background color where I was expecting to see nothing!
> I see, as you hint yourself, showing invisibles in the replacement preview would not necessarily have caught this, it really needs to be indicated in the replace text field.
> Come to think of it, it might actually be possible to show invisibles in the fields with a “data formatter” that returns an attributed string as the “string value”.
> I’m not entirely sold on this solution though, but I’ve added a note about it :)

Cool, thanks! m.

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