SciTE (was: Re: not a question, just a fun thing with syntax_tools)

Chris Pressey cpressey@REDACTED
Fri May 23 04:02:33 CEST 2003

On Thu, 22 May 2003 07:11:42 +0100
Peter-Henry Mander <erlang@REDACTED> wrote:

> Since we're on the subject, has anyone come across SciTE from 
> ? It doesn't have an Erlang lexer 
> out-of-the-box, but I've been working on two versions. Both have
> syntax highlighting, one has folding based on indentation depth, the
> other folds on (limited) syntax parsing. They're both a bit green, but
> I use SciTE almost exclusively and it suits me. The source will
> compile for M$-Windows as well as *NIX, and the editor has a pleasant
> GUI and tool integration.
> I'm planning to feed back my work into the SciTE project so that
> Erlang becomes one of the many languages it supports. But before I do,
> is anyone interested in giving it a spin and offering some criticism?

I found the port, built it, and tried it.

Overall, I like it.

I'm disappointed that it doesn't seem to have a way to simulate tabs -
or if it does, it hides it unecessarily.  (Tabs are definately one of my
pet peeves.  When I press left arrow, I want the cursor to move left one
space.  Not three spaces, not eight spaces - just, one space, like
always.  I like predictability in an editor.)

I also couldn't see anything about defining or applying macros. 
Although complete-word is nice, as is folding, and block comments...
Don't know yet if it's enough to break my unhealthy nedit addiction.
But an Erlang mode might push it over the hump :)


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