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Re: [Nano-devel] indent and unindent marked text

From: John M. Gabriele
Subject: Re: [Nano-devel] indent and unindent marked text
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2006 16:54:52 -0700 (PDT)

--- David Lawrence Ramsey <address@hidden> wrote:

> John M. Gabriele wrote:
>  > This is a great new feature. Thanks for implementing it.
> No problem, but Chris Allegretta actually implemented it.  I only
> tweaked it to make it fit better into 1.3.x.

Thanks Chris. :)

>  > It would seem to me though, that the indent unindent feature would be
>  > more useful if it snapped to $tabsize * $n column number rather than
>  > moving +/- tabsize when you indent and unident. That is, for multiple
>  > lines of variously-indented text, it would use the left-most character
>  > of all lines as an anchor (or maybe the left-most character of the
>  > first line in the marked block), and, keeping all the lines in
>  > lock-step, would move that anchor however many spaces it takes (either
>  > left (M-{) or right (M-})) to have it land on the nearest column
>  > that's a multiple of tabsize.
>  >
>  > I use only spaces for indentation. I don't know which way would be
>  > more useful to folks who use tabs, or even how nano deals with tabs.
> Interesting idea, but rather complicated.  Besides, (a) I don't know how
> the people who use tabs for indentation would react in some cases, and
> (b) I can't add something like this due to the feature freeze.  However,
> I've added it to the TODO list for after 2.0.

Cool. Maybe some users who use tabs will chime in on it by then.

>  > Also, it would be handy if I could just go to a given line and hit the
>  > M-{ or M-} to get the text to shift, rather than having to first hit
>  > C-^, shift the text, then hit C-^ again (to unset the mark). The help
>  > screen says, "(Un)Indent marked text", but the feature actually works
>  > even if nothing is marked -- you can just tap C-^ to turn on "Mark
>  > Set", and then hit M-{ or M-} and you get indenting/unindenting.
> Actually, something is marked; it just happens to have a length of zero
> :) This is also a new feature, but considering that the existing code
> can indent the current line of text with no problem when the mark covers
> it, and that the changes needed to make it do so without the mark are
> *extremely* minor, I've bent the feature freeze in this one case and
> added the functionality to CVS.

Wow. Same-day service. :) Thanks David -- nice work.


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