Re: [code] [textadept] Textadept 5.5 beta

From: Bill Meahan <>
Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 10:58:07 -0400

On 07/05/2012 09:24, Mitchell wrote:
> Hi Bill,
> On Mon, 2 Jul 2012, Bill Meahan wrote:
>> On 07/02/2012 09:44, Mitchell wrote:
>>> Hi Bill,
>>> Thanks for the heads up. Can you attach the output so I can take a look?
>> [snip]
>> In file included from scintilla/src/ExternalLexer.cxx:24:
>> scintilla/src/ExternalLexer.h:21: error: expected `)' before '*' token
>> scintilla/src/ExternalLexer.h:21: error: expected initializer before
>> '*' token
>> [snip]
> Thanks for sending this. I presume 5.4 compiled for you, yes?
> Mitchell

Yep. 5.4 works perfectly. I use it many hours a day and it has actually
managed to replace Emacs as my favorite editor. :)

I'm learning Lua so I can bring some Emacs-like functionality to
Textadept like Flyspell and a few other goodies. My main use is ConTeXt
and I got tired of the minimal support for this TeX flavor in AUCTeX.
When I politely inquired about better ConTeXt support, I was given a
very snarky and sarcastic answer indicating I should write the code
myself. That being the case, Lua is somewhat similar to the languages I
used to develop in for decades while elisp is mind-boggling and makes no
sense to me.

Textadept seems much closer to what I want than zile or zi so I don't
have to start from scratch. SciTE has pretty good ConTeXt support but
seems (to me) to be harder to extend and is so strictly CUA I can't add
the few "emacsisms" I prefer to the CUA way of doing things without
major effort.

These days I write prose and do book design and typesetting, not code
development per se and Textadept seems like the best platform to use for
such purposes.

Keep up the good work.

Bill Meahan, Westland, Michigan USA
“Writing is a combination of intangible
   creative fantasy and appallingly
   hard work.”
           —Anthony Powell
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