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Re: [ELPA] New package: xr

From: Clément Pit-Claudel
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package: xr
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2019 13:41:48 -0500
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On 01/02/2019 10.51, Mattias Engdegård wrote:
> 1 feb. 2019 kl. 16.25 skrev Clément Pit-Claudel <address@hidden>:
>> Looks great. Here's a feature request: can you combine this with a font-lock 
>> rule to display existing regexps in rx syntax?  Something like 
>> prettify-symbols-mode, but for regular expressions.
> You mean a mode so that when the user is looking at the elisp source
>   (if (looking-at "regexp-string") ...
> he would actually see
>   (if (looking-at (rx translated-expression)) ...
> ? Could be done, I suppose, but since there is no special syntax for regexp 
> strings, it would probably either need to rely on a list of well-known 
> functions with regexp arguments, or second-guess it from their argument names 
> (like REGEXP or PATTERN). It sounds a bit fragile.

I would suggest neither; instead, it would convert only strings that contain 
regexp constructs (these are the ones that are hard to read in the first place).
That;'s more or less what I do in https://github.com/cpitclaudel/easy-escape, 
and it works OK.

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