Is it possible to convert a character from printable to literal? (like "<c-o>" to "\<c-o>", or "<F1>" to "\<F1>"), other than by using a dicionary with all special characters. What about the other way around?

My aim to pass a mapping extracted from :maps to feedkeys, but feedkeys does not accept non-literal special characters.

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The following should work:

let l:literal = eval('"'.escape('<c-o> <f1> <bar> <ll> \e "', '\<"').'"')

When vim encounters "\<invalid>" it simply replaces it with <invalid>. A side effect of using double quotes is you need to also escape the characters \ and ", but this is simple to do.


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