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config

(require 'whitespace)
(setq whitespace-line-column 80) ;; limit line length
(setq whitespace-style '(face tabs empty trailing lines-tail))

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For first line, whitespace-mode correctly highlights characters in line which are over 80 characters

In second line, org symbol (\Rightarrow) is used. whitespace-mode seems to highlight based on the character count instead of column number 80

Need help in making whitespace-mode highlight basing on the column number instead of character count.. or any better alternatives... Thanks

edit:

evaluation (current-column) at the location of first highlighted(pink) l in first line gives 80

evaluating (current-column) at the location of first highlighted(pink) arrow in second line gives 16

  • It would be helpful if you could please evaluate (current-column) at the location of the first pink arrow and add that result to your question with an edit. That way we can elaborate (or disprove) the stated hypothesis that: "whitespace-mode seems to highlight based on the character count instead of column number 80." One idea you may wish to explore is using the actual ascii character instead of \Rightarrow. – lawlist Jan 23 at 17:36
  • updated the requested info..I have the same issue with other org mode symbols (orgmode.org/worg/org-symbols.html) too.. If you are referring to copy pasting the ascii character, it would be difficult to incorporate in my work flow.. any other ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.. – junnu Jan 24 at 13:38

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