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Question about using Unicode character set, how to insert them, how to display them and general use of the UTF8 encoding.

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What is the easiest way to insert Unicode characters into a document?

When writing documents occasionally I want to insert Unicode characters into the text. Sometimes I know the character code and sometimes I look it up on the web. Currently I go to insert mode and ...
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See the Unicode code point of the current character

How can I see the Unicode code point of the character where the cursor is? For example, if my cursor is on a ⌘ character, I'd like Vim to tell me that it is U+2318. Alternative information, such as ...
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Can't map German 'umlaut' keys in .vimrc

I'm trying to find a way to map German umlaut keys (Ä,ä,Ö,ö,Ü,ü). A simple shortcut like this won't work: inoremap <c-ö> <Esc> Nothing happens when I hit ctrl+ö. Does anyone know a ...
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What is the easiest way to insert en dash in Vim?

To insert an en dash, I use ^v u 2014 which is seven keypresses. Is there an easier way? (I was looking at digraphs and didn't find en dash there.)
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Can I search for a Unicode combining character in Vim?

I have a file with the character ã (lowercase a + combining tilde). Encoding and fileencoding are both utf-8. ga shows <a> 97, hex 61, octal 141 <~> 771, Hex 0303, Octal 1403 (but ...
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How to translate Unicode escape sequences to the Unicode character?

I have a file with a lot of characters represented like this: \u05E2. (These are the actual characters in the file: backslash, lowercase u, and four hexadecimal digits.) Due to that, the file is ...
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How can I get the character at the cursor position in a multibyte aware manner?

Consider the following line: € € This file is encoded in UTF-8 and between the two Euro marks is a Tab character (the Stack Exchange software expands this to spaces). The byte value is: e2 82 ac ...
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How to show illegal whitespace (such as unbreakable space) in source code?

I sometimes type (by accident) shift-space, inserting unbreakable space into code. With c++, I get this: error: stray ‘\302’ in program error: stray ‘\240’ in program while in other formats (like ...
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What does CTRL-K do in insertion mode?

When I press ^K in my vim while I'm in insertion mode a '?' appears and then if I press a and then another character some strange characters appear the following are a few of the characters I could ...
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Can I write Japanese (SKK) text in Vim?

I need to be break it to you guys, I use emacs. But just for one little thing. Recently I've been working with a good deal of Japanese people (the company is Japanese) and I got some idea of the ...
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How can a character be inserted during an edit session by its Unicode numeric value?

I'm trying to set up a plugin to enable indentation guides, following an answer to this question. The plugin is Yggdroot/indentLine. It has instructions to set up a custom glyph to be shown instead of ...
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Inserting the content of a register where a macro is recorded results in control characters becoming unicode characters

If I hit Ctrl+V and then Escape while in insert or ex mode, I get ^[ as a single character. If I hit qqEscapeq and then go see :registers, I see that q contains ^[<80><fd>a, which are ...
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