[Geany-devel] Per document tab width

Jiří Techet techet at xxxxx
Wed Jul 21 20:37:44 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 07:08, Eugene Arshinov <earshinov at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:20:52 +0200%
> Jiří Techet <techet at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have one more feature idea and would like to ask if it is something
>> that others would like to see too before I start implementing it. I'm
>> working on a project where everyone expresses his personality by using
>> different tab width for indenting - I have already seen sources with
>> tab size of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 (it's just a matter of time until I
>> see a source with tab width 7). Of course, these people (or people who
>> were editing the same source afterwards) also use spaces so sometimes
>> it happens that I have e.g. tab size set to 4 but the other file I
>> edit has tab size 2 and it uses spaces too, so what I see is that the
>> lines using tab get indented less than the lines using spaces. I
>> usually ignore it, but sometimes the code is so unreadable that I have
>> to change the tab size. And this is the problem - with geany you have
>> to do it either per project or globally, it's not possible for a
>> single file. So I have to switch it in the project settings, look at
>> the file, and switch it back again because I return back to a file
>> with different indent size.
>> I would propose to have one more entry in the Document menu called
>> e.g. "Tab size" and placed under "Indent type" with a submenu
>> containing numbers from 2 to 8 (I hope there is nobody so crazy that
>> he would use tab for a single char indent or go over 8 characters)
>> with a radio button selecting the active selection. The user could
>> change the default tab size of the active document to anything he
>> wishes.
> I think it may be useful, though I've never really needed it.
>> This settings could also be saved into the project/session
>> file so the files get reloaded with the same tab size settings. What
>> do you think about this feature?
> For me, a better way would be to support Emacs/Vi mode lines. I know
> Gedit has a plugin for that, maybe this functionality can be borrowed
> from there. Mode lines will be also useful for specifying document
> encoding so that user don't have to choose it manually each time it
> opens the file (I sometimes have to work with files in cp1251,
> traditional codepage for Russian Windows…).

I'm not saying I dislike your idea (it would surely be good to have),
but it doesn't solve my problem. The problem is that I mustn't change
the sources unless it's some kind of bugfix/feature enhancement.
Otherwise I would have already reformatted the sources with some code



> Best regards,
> Eugene.
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