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bug#23501: Non-regex-based syntax highlighting

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#23501: Non-regex-based syntax highlighting
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 18:59:22 +0300

> From: Nir Friedman <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 9 May 2016 23:12:47 -0400
> I'm considering using emacs as a platform for C++ development. One thing that 
> seems to lag behind on
> emacs at the moment is that all of the syntax highlighting for C++ is (as far 
> as I can tell) regex based. This
> severely limits the accuracy and discrimination that the syntax highlighter 
> can achieve. There are now some
> packages for emacs that use a clang based backends to get actual AST 
> information. Perhaps it would be
> possible to write some kind of hooks or template for major modes that would 
> make it easier for package
> authors to change how syntax highlighting is performed in major modes?

Sorry, I don't think I really understand what is the complaint/issue
you are raising here, and what solution would you like to suggest for
those issues.  Could you perhaps elaborate?  A specific example where
the current code doesn't work would be a good starting point.


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