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Locale control of ambiguous-width character properties

It had been discussed how to reflect ambiguous character widths in cygwin locales, with the result of an implicit wide property assumed for the CJK locales, and an overriding @cjknarrow modifier:

Now I’m getting occasional complaints about mintty support for wide display of certain symbol characters, particularly as used for some fancy “Powerline” add-on, and it seems that other terminals apply “ambiguous wide mode” (e.g. xterm -cjk_width) in order to enable Powerline. While mintty has an option Charwidth=ambig-wide meanwhile, using this option clearly has the drawback that it makes character width handling inconsistent with the locale model as used by wcwidth. Actually for mintty, the desired behaviour can be achieved in a locale-consistent way by selecting one of the CJK locales for LC_CTYPE; that’s not what most people would expect, however, and if they do it the easy way, using LANG or LC_ALL, they are baffled by also getting
their message language obscured.
So I would prefer the option to use ambiguous wide mode in combination with non-CJK locales in a locale-compatible way.

For that matter, I’m asking to revisit the proposal of another generic modifier, @cjkwide, applicable to non-CJK locales. I’m providing a patch
for that purpose, available for download here:


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