I'm wanting to set up vim with conceal to display the unicode characters U+2329 () and U+232A () in place of < and > when used to indicate type parameters. These are half-width characters that display just fine in Leafpad, Firefox, or indeed the preview area in the gnome-terminal font selector (all using BitStream Vera Sans). However when displaying these characters in the terminal, they actually take up two character cells. Any ideas?

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According to the Unicode standard, these are wide characters.

See http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr11/tr11-28.html: 4 -> ED4 for the definition of "W", and 6.3 -> Data11 to check that these characters indeed belong to this category.

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