[ESS] ESS Editing Mode

Rodney Sparapani rsparapa at mcw.edu
Thu Jan 14 18:35:36 CET 2010

On 01/14/10 11:21 AM, David Neu wrote:
> Hi Rodney,
>> what dynamite editing features do you like?
> I'm not looking for any dynamite editing features, I'm just trying to
> isolate the standard keyword, variable, comment etc. highlighting and
> indentation support that most Emacs programming language modes
> including ESS support.

Indentation is a nice feature.  But, that and the syntax highlighting 
are very language dependent.  In particular, the syntax highlighting has 
quite good sensitivity/specificity for SAS, but not so much for R/S+ and 
Stata.  Like I said, this is not where ESS power is IMHO.  And 
improvements to syntax highlighting are not just around the corner since 
it is hellish to program.  I'm praying for a better approach RSN.  Maybe 
something like the semantic package, that actually works, incorporated 
directly into the guts of all emacsen (and that doesn't require any 
changes to ESS source code; clearly I'm delusional).


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