Re: [code] RFE: python and markdown lexers

From: Mitchell <>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:32:52 -0500 (EST)

Hi Carlos,

On Sun, 1 Feb 2015, Carlos Pita wrote:

> Hi all,
> 1) The python lexer has some shortcomings that IMO should be easy to fix:
> - python 3 not completely supported. AFAICS, just the nonlocal keyword
> has to be added.

I can add this.

> - cython not supported. This is really another lexer which should
> inherit from the python lexer most of its functionality and add some
> new keywords (cdef, ...). cython is an important language nowadays as
> it's heavily used to build the python scientific stack. I think it's
> worthwhile for scintillua to support it.

This should be easy to do. Take a look at the "cuda" lexer, which extends
the "cpp" lexer by adding some extra keywords and types, for inspiration.
Feel free to submit your lexer for inclusion along with the appropriate
file extension.

> 2) On the markdown side:
> - the lexer is setting font sizes, even absolute ones. I don't think
> this should go into the lexer, am I wrong?

You are correct, but in order to show different file sizes, a base size
must be specified; Textadept cannot evaluate expressions in properties.

> - support for folding at headers would make a simple and nice outliner
> possible for note taking.

Implementing this effectively is trickier than it looks at first glance
since Markdown is a "2-D language" (for example, headers may be
underlined). Take a look at the "rest" lexer, which tries to detect
headers and fold documents properly. It's not perfect, but it may give you
some ideas to patch the Markdown lexer. Please feel free to submit any
changes you make for inclusion.


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