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created May 25, 2006 · complexity basic · author Luis A. Florit · version 5.7


This will help if you receive text (e.g, email from wrongly configured clients) with lots of '\nnn' or '&#nnn;' strings, where n is a digit. These 'nnn' are the decimal codes of non-ascii characters. To convert all at the same time, you can do the following:

:%s/\\\([0-9]*\)/\=nr2char(submatch(1))/g
or
:%s/&#\([0-9]*\);/\=nr2char(submatch(1))/g

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