[Geany-Devel] Some Auto-Indentation Ideas

Roger Booth rbooth at xxxxx
Thu Mar 14 16:03:40 UTC 2013

On 03/14/2013 07:09 AM, Colomban Wendling wrote:
> Le 14/03/2013 14:58, Roger Booth a écrit :
>> On 03/14/2013 06:50 AM, Colomban Wendling wrote:
>>> Le 14/03/2013 14:41, Roger Booth a écrit :
>>>> On 03/13/2013 09:42 PM, Braden Walters wrote:
>>>>> 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
>>>>> line itself.
>>>>> - Strip on return approach: Create a global/project settings option to
>>>>> strip whitespace from the current line upon striking return.
>>>> I've worked as a developer in teams of programmers. I've never seen
>>>> examples of "where whitespace has been left all around some files".
>>>> Occasionally I see spaces at the end of lines. That doesn't bother me
>>>> much.
>>>> My main whitespace complaint with Geany is the indentation whitespace
>>>> auto-generated when I leave blank lines. So if I am at one tab
>>>> indentation and I type return, return, the line above the caret contains
>>>> one tab only.
>>> As Thomas pointed out, there is an option to automatically remove
>>> trailing whitespace upon return, which IIUC would do what you want.
>> The part of my reply that you removed explained why the
>> option to automatically remove
>> trailing whitespace upon return
>> doesn't do what I want.
> Not really, what I understand from the rest is that you don't like
> removing all trailing whitespaces from the whole document (like the
> "Document->Strip trailing whitespace" or option "Strip trailing
> whitespace on save" does).  The option Thomas mentioned only removes
> whitespaces from the line you hit return on, so it would only modify the
> trailing spaces around the code you actually touched.
> Regards,
> Colomban
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My point was that there is no need for the editor to remove whitespace 
if the editor does not auto-generate it in the first place. That's how 
Codewright worked, and it seemed to work better than Geany's various 


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