Returns the text in the range [start,end). Excludes undisplayed text (text marked with tags that set the invisibility attribute) if include_hidden_chars is FALSE. The returned string includes a 0xFFFC character whenever the buffer contains embedded images, so byte and character indexes into the returned string do correspond to byte and character indexes into the buffer. Contrast with TextBuffer.getText. Note that 0xFFFC can occur in normal text as well, so it is not a reliable indicator that a pixbuf or widget is in the buffer.

class TextBuffer


start TextIter

start of a range

end TextIter

end of a range

includeHiddenChars bool

whether to include invisible text

Return Value

Type: string

an allocated UTF-8 string