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Re: web-mode.el

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: web-mode.el
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 23:09:51 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.1.50 (gnu/linux)

> compatibility. From what I understand, `widen' is used to counteract the
> situation when a user calls `narrow-to-region' interactively.

Yes, and that is a problem that needs fixing: as mentioned elsewhere on
emacs-devel several months (years?) ago, Emacs needs to distinguish
between "narrow as a way to make the rest invisible" and "narrow to
pretend the rest doesn't exist at all".  C-x n n does the first, while
the second was used by Rmail, is used by Info, and could be used by
a multi-major-mode.

> It occurs to me that, once the supported interface is established,
> introducing new syntax-table value becomes not strictly necessary because,
> for example, a version of Lennart's `with-chunks' macro can be implemented
> in Lisp by applying whitespace or comment-starter/ender syntax to foreign
> chunks around the body calls (idea from mmm-noweb).
> Is that right?

That's right as long as you're willing to dynamically modify the buffer
(with syntax-table text-properties) every time you move from one chunk
to another.

If you have many chunks, that can be a problem.  This can happen if you
push the idea of multi-major-mode a bit further and consider for example
that comments and strings are really "text-mode chunks" embedded in
"some other mode chunks".


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