[Geany-Users] Looking to contribute

Lex Trotman elextr at xxxxx
Sun Dec 13 22:45:19 UTC 2015

On 14 December 2015 at 02:50, Ray Andrews <rayandrews at eastlink.ca> wrote:
> On 12/13/2015 06:47 AM, rhkramer at gmail.com wrote:
>> If I had a Scintilla lexer, even if it is not distributed with Scite,
>> iirc, it is fairly easy to add / activate it for my own use. I guess I
>> assumed I could to the same for any Scintilla based editor (like Geany)?
> If you get those guys interested let me know.  I was trying to get them to
> fix up some highlighting errors in zsh but  they were basically not
> interested.  I'd do it myself if I knew how, but I have no idea where to
> start.

Scintilla is a project maintained by one person in their own time.
Like all open source projects, he will accept well written additions
or changes contributed by others, but he is unable to perform
significant maintenance on all the contributed lexers by himself, due
to time and the detailed knowledge of the language needed. He is
usually good about stating that he won't be able to work on it

For contributed lexers the individual maintainers may help if they
have time and knowledge of what is to be changed (and this was the
problem with the zsh changes, nobody could define them), although some
of the maintainers have also disappeared and no longer contribute.

So for changes to Scintilla, yes it is usually necessary to do it
yourself, and if its done well it is probably likely to be accepted,
despite Neils occasionally voiced concerns about long term
maintainability and utility of all those lexers.


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