[Geany-devel] Deep editor customization....

Enrico Tröger enrico.troeger at xxxxx
Tue Apr 28 19:04:32 UTC 2009

On Mon, 27 Apr 2009 18:58:08 +0200, Jimmy wrote:

Hey Jimmy,

>I always somehow missed the possibility of defining different
>fonts/size for different styles...

I personally hate this as it makes it all inconsistent and especially
different font sizes confuses me a lot. But that's just me, I guess
there are other people around who will like it.

>multi-font/size possibilities, perfect dark background for the folding
>bar, bigger choice of markers, size of the margins...
>it's not much but it counts in the long run...
>and geany is even better than before in my eyes now....
>Now, to the main point, I understand the aim of developing a
>lightweight sober IDE....so right from the bat, confusing the user
>with millions of possibility of customization might not be suited...
>I'm kinda testing the water here...if this extra customization matters
>to people, I could clean up my hacks...and come up (or anyone willing
>to) come up with a system to implement it...

Yeah, that'd be the very first step: provide a clean patch (ideally
based on a recent SVN version).

A few questions which came to my mind:
How to represent fonts+sizes in filetypes.*? 
* By adding two additional fields for font name + size to all existing
styles of all existing filetypes?
-> that would probably break any existing colour scheme or at least
cause lots of work for theme authors
* Make the two additional fields optional?
-> so everything works as by now but interested users can extend it on
their own? This would require good documentation and advertisement of
that feature.

In another post you mentioned something like "filetype.toto.extended".
While I think at some point it might make sense to split the current
filetype.* definition files into settings and style-related, yet
another set of files for whatever settings seems to much overhead and
make things more complicated than necessary, IMO.

>in any case, it would be nice to have this possibilites mentionned in
>Hacking Geany at least...I'm sure some people would be glad to find the

Not sure.
There is already a section "Syntax highlighting". What exactly do you
expect to be added?


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