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VIS(3)                   BSD Library Functions Manual                   VIS(3)

     vis -- visually encode characters

     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

     #include <vis.h>

     char *
     vis(char *dst, int c, int flag, int nextc);

     strvis(char *dst, const char *src, int flag);

     strvisx(char *dst, const char *src, size_t len, int flag);

     The vis() function copies into dst a string which represents the charac-ter character
     ter c.  If c needs no encoding, it is copied in unaltered.  The string is
     null terminated, and a pointer to the end of the string is returned.  The
     maximum length of any encoding is four characters (not including the
     trailing NUL); thus, when encoding a set of characters into a buffer, the
     size of the buffer should be four times the number of characters encoded,
     plus one for the trailing NUL.  The flag argument is used for altering
     the default range of characters considered for encoding and for altering
     the visual representation.  The additional character, nextc, is only used
     when selecting the VIS_CSTYLE encoding format (explained below).

     The strvis() and strvisx() functions copy into dst a visual representa-tion representation
     tion of the string src.  The strvis() function encodes characters from
     src up to the first NUL.  The strvisx() function encodes exactly len
     characters from src (this is useful for encoding a block of data that may
     contain NUL's).  Both forms NUL terminate dst.  The size of dst must be
     four times the number of characters encoded from src (plus one for the
     NUL).  Both forms return the number of characters in dst (not including
     the trailing NUL).

     The encoding is a unique, invertible representation composed entirely of
     graphic characters; it can be decoded back into the original form using
     the unvis(3) or strunvis(3) functions.

     There are two parameters that can be controlled: the range of characters
     that are encoded, and the type of representation used.  By default, all
     non-graphic characters except space, tab, and newline are encoded.  (See
     isgraph(3).)  The following flags alter this:

     VIS_GLOB    Also encode magic characters (`*', `?', `[' and `#') recog-nized recognized
                 nized by glob(3).

     VIS_SP      Also encode space.

     VIS_TAB     Also encode tab.

     VIS_NL      Also encode newline.

     VIS_WHITE   Synonym for VIS_SP | VIS_TAB | VIS_NL.

     VIS_SAFE    Only encode "unsafe" characters.  Unsafe means control char-acters characters
                 acters which may cause common terminals to perform unexpected
                 functions.  Currently this form allows space, tab, newline,
                 backspace, bell, and return - in addition to all graphic
                 characters - unencoded.

     There are four forms of encoding.  Most forms use the backslash character
     `\' to introduce a special sequence; two backslashes are used to repre-sent represent
     sent a real backslash.  These are the visual formats:

     (default)      Use an `M' to represent meta characters (characters with
                    the 8th bit set), and use caret `^' to represent control
                    characters see (iscntrl(3)).  The following formats are

                    \^C    Represents the control character `C'.  Spans char-acters characters
                           acters `\000' through `\037', and `\177' (as

                    \M-C   Represents character `C' with the 8th bit set.
                           Spans characters `\241' through `\376'.

                    \M^C   Represents control character `C' with the 8th bit
                           set.  Spans characters `\200' through `\237', and
                           `\377' (as `\M^?').

                    \040   Represents ASCII space.

                    \240   Represents Meta-space.

     VIS_CSTYLE     Use C-style backslash sequences to represent standard non-printable nonprintable
                    printable characters.  The following sequences are used to
                    represent the indicated characters:

                          \a - BEL (007)
                          \b - BS (010)
                          \f - NP (014)
                          \n - NL (012)
                          \r - CR (015)
                          \t - HT (011)
                          \v - VT (013)
                          \0 - NUL (000)

                    When using this format, the nextc argument is looked at to
                    determine if a NUL character can be encoded as `\0'
                    instead of `\000'.  If nextc is an octal digit, the latter
                    representation is used to avoid ambiguity.

     VIS_HTTPSTYLE  Use URI encoding as described in RFC 1808.  The form is
                    `%dd' where d represents a hexadecimal digit.

     VIS_OCTAL      Use a three digit octal sequence.  The form is `\ddd'
                    where d represents an octal digit.

     There is one additional flag, VIS_NOSLASH, which inhibits the doubling of
     backslashes and the backslash before the default format (that is, control
     characters are represented by `^C' and meta characters as `M-C').  With
     this flag set, the encoding is ambiguous and non-invertible.

     unvis(1), unvis(3)

     R. Fielding, Relative Uniform Resource Locators, RFC1808.

     These functions first appeared in 4.4BSD.

     The vis family of functions do not recognize multibyte characters, and
     thus may consider them to be non-printable when they are in fact print-able printable
     able (and vice versa.)

BSD                             March 21, 2004                             BSD