[Geany-Devel] Some Auto-Indentation Ideas
meoblast at xxxxx
Thu Mar 14 04:42:05 UTC 2013
I had some ideas for some keybindings or settings that could help with
some indentation issues. I'm willing to implement them myself, but I
wanted to see what the other developers think first. First, the reason
why I want to even write these.
I work on multiple projects, some of which have multiple developers and
some where whitespace has been left all around some files. I generally
use manual indentation (no auto-indent at all), and I can't help but
think there's something better I could do. I could use the current
character indent, but then I'll have trailing whitespace everywhere, or
I'll have to backspace that out manually (sort of defeats the purpose).
I could turn on "Strip trailing whitespace", but that's going to modify
a lot of lines I never really changed.
Here are some solutions I've thought up:
- Keybindings for everything approach: Improve the "smart indent" key
binding to just use the global (or project if available) settings for
auto-indentation upon striking the key combination. Then, create a key
binding that removes all contents from a line, but does not delete the
- Strip on return approach: Create a global/project settings option to
strip whitespace from the current line upon striking return.
Both of these approaches introduce a problem though. If I remove
whitespace from a line, I return back to a column position of zero. The
auto-indent modes I've used will therefore make the following line 0
columns indented. One solution to this could be to auto-indent up to the
last indented line, if available. I'm sure there are other solutions to
So I propose three questions in this email. First: Is this something I
should even be making for an upstream core feature, or should it be in a
plugin? Second: Which of my two approaches seems more reasonable? Third:
Are there any other solutions anyone has to the final problem I
mentioned, or will the solution I proposed suffice?
Sorry for the length of this e-mail, everyone.
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