Re: [code] [textadept] Customize lexer

From: Mitchell <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:27:43 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)

Hi Robert,

On Thu, 9 Jan 2014, Robert Gieseke wrote:

> Hi,
> is is possible to change a lexer's rules and tokenstyles after it has
> been loaded without having a separate copy in my userhome? Similar to
> post_init letting me have customisation while keeping up with upstream
> changes.

Changing token styles is easy: just use the existing ``
interface. For example:

     -- Change the style of Lua longstrings on the fly.['style.longstring'] = '%(style.regex)'

Changing rules on the fly is only possible in the latest alpha. You cannot
do this in 7.0 and 7.1. First, use `lexer.load()` to get the lexer you
want to change. Even if the lexer was already loaded, the function returns
that lexer instead of loading it again. For example:

     local lua = lexer.load('lua')

In order to change token rules, simply alter the lexers `_RULES` table as
you see fit. (The django and makefile lexers do this.) If you want to
alter rule order, use the undocumented `_RULEORDER` table (look in
`lexers/lexer.lua` for reference).

I hope that helps.


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