Why is get_visible_characters() does not count spaces? (but, possibly?) -Godot3.2.1 Stable

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:bust_in_silhouette: Asked By The_Black_Chess_King

Import the following test code into a label, then select the code and press Shift+Tab to correct the idention I did for this question, and type a lot of text in the label, with a lot of spaces, something like: A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1

	extends Label
	var i = 0
	var CharCount = get_text().length()
	var TimerStorage = 0
	var DelayText = 0.01#Speed of text
	func _ready():
		print("This is the char length of the text: "+str(CharCount))
	func _process(delta):
		if get_visible_characters() < CharCount:
			print("Current get_visible_character() "+str(get_visible_characters()) + " And, get_percent_visible() "+ str(get_percent_visible()))
			TimerStorage += delta
			if TimerStorage > DelayText:
				TimerStorage = 0
				set_visible_characters(get_visible_characters() + 1)

Your printable output is something like:

Current get_visible_character() 0 And, get_percent_visible() 0
Current get_visible_character() 1 And, get_percent_visible() 0.055556
Current get_visible_character() 2 And, get_percent_visible() 0.111111
Current get_visible_character() 3 And, get_percent_visible() 0.166667
Current get_visible_character() 4 And, get_percent_visible() 0.222222
Current get_visible_character() 5 And, get_percent_visible() 0.277778
Current get_visible_character() 6 And, get_percent_visible() 0.333333
Current get_visible_character() 7 And, get_percent_visible() 0.388889
Current get_visible_character() 8 And, get_percent_visible() 0.444444
Current get_visible_character() 9 And, get_percent_visible() 0.5
Current get_visible_character() 10 And, get_percent_visible() 0.555556
Current get_visible_character() 11 And, get_percent_visible() 0.611111
Current get_visible_character() 12 And, get_percent_visible() 0.666667
Current get_visible_character() 13 And, get_percent_visible() 0.722222
Current get_visible_character() 14 And, get_percent_visible() 0.777778
Current get_visible_character() 15 And, get_percent_visible() 0.833333
Current get_visible_character() 16 And, get_percent_visible() 0.888889
Current get_visible_character() 17 And, get_percent_visible() 0.944444
Current get_visible_character() 18 And, get_percent_visible() 1
Current get_visible_character() 19 And, get_percent_visible() 1.055556
Current get_visible_character() 20 And, get_percent_visible() 1.111111
Current get_visible_character() 21 And, get_percent_visible() 1.166667
Current get_visible_character() 22 And, get_percent_visible() 1.222222
Current get_visible_character() 23 And, get_percent_visible() 1.277778
Current get_visible_character() 24 And, get_percent_visible() 1.333333
Current get_visible_character() 25 And, get_percent_visible() 1.388889

The percent visible should not be > 1, the get_visible_character() does not take into account the space between letters. Is this intended? I don’t see it specified in the documentation.

Did I stepped into a bug? o.O

My workaround was to discover how much percent a single char is based on your text:

var DiscoverPercentAddPerChar = float(0)
DiscoverPercentAddPerChar = get_percent_visible()

Because the get_percent_visible() does consider the spaces.

-Funny thing, I discovered this because I played a sound for every set_visible_characters(get_visible_characters() + 1) and it continued to play despite no more text was needed to be showed.

Nevermind, it is specified it does not count spaces.

Topics related to subject:

Spaces are counted in RichTextLabel but not Label when using `get_total_character_count()` · Issue #27896 · godotengine/godot · GitHub

Update label's character count to include space count by elizaho · Pull Request #37969 · godotengine/godot · GitHub

What it looks like the get_total_character_count() is getting an upgrade/option? in Godot 4.0 to count spaces.

The_Black_Chess_King | 2020-05-06 05:24

:bust_in_silhouette: Reply From: The_Black_Chess_King

I completed a simple typewrited effect, and for anyone following the same issue I had, the workaround for now is by using the count(“A”), which will count the amount of “A” a string letter or phrase it appears.

var SpacesToRemove = get_text().count(" ")

#Then later in my code I did:
LastCharCount = get_visibile_characters()
set_text(get_text + str(AdditionalText))
set_visible_characters(LastCharCount - AdditionalSpaces)
#So from here forward my typewriter effect can pick up, this was for additional lines in a label.

I tried with a RichTextLabel but didn’t get what I wanted for this specific case. Keep in mind the same functions works differently in Label and RichTextLabel. Most of the time with a RichTextLabel you have to use yield(get_tree(), "idle_frame")