[chuck-users] improving the emacs mode

Scott Davidson jsd_290 at fastmail.fm
Wed Jun 28 08:48:20 EDT 2006

On Wed, 28 Jun 2006 10:51:03 +0200, "Atte André Jensen"
<atte.jensen at gmail.com> said:
> Hi
> I'm very fond of the (recent) emacs mode. But I think a few improvements 
> could/should be made:
> 1) On http://wiki.cs.princeton.edu/index.php/ChucK/Dev/Tools the recent 
> mode is pasted into the wiki. I had trouble downloading (or rather 
> copying/pasting) it and getting it to work. A link to an external 
> download would be better. Maybe it could even be part of the chuck 
> download...
> 2) Indention could/should be improved:
> a) Loading a chuck file messes up the indention, even if the indention 
> was made by the mode itself.
> b) Some valid placements of brackets are not handled correctly by the 
> mode, for instance:
> while(true){
>      if(true){
> 	// always
>      } else {
>      // never
> }
> }
> c) Indention of comments are a bit strange. If I put "//" at the very 
> beginning of an intented line, the mode will indent the "//"s the the 
> correct place. Maybe it would be better to simply disregard commented 
> out lines when doing indention.
> 3) Comment-region and Uncomment-region doesn't work. It seems its only a 
> matter of defining a comment character...
> 4) Syntax highlighting highlights special words if they're used in a 
> variable with underscore. Example: "my_spork_function".
> I'd be happy to correct some of this myself, but my lisp skills are 
> practically non-existing. I googled for something helpful to get started 
> with elisp, but failed to find anything. If anyone has links to 
> information about making (or hacking) emacs-modes, especially something 
> that would help me address the above mentioned issues, I'd be delighted.

Great suggestions, Atte. I'm not much help for lisp tips though.

Another thing that would be useful: allowing alt-e (remove) to input
more than one shred id.

Also, alt-e/alt-a already have useful default keybindings in emacs, in
paragraph start/end. Perhaps, alt+shift+e would be better, although it's
nice to only have to push two keys.


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