I wasn't precent in the IRC but this seems to be a non-issue, if people want syntax highlighting they can implement the VIM files themselves, for emacs there are the files in lib/el.
FWIW, I've attached what my emacs looks like. On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM, <andr...@itship.ch> wrote: > Hi List :-) > >> Hi Christophe, >> >>> > I'm opposed to syntax highlighting of symbols in PicoLisp. >>> >>> Wao, this is quite an introduction for a post on the list ! >>> I guess that it is not spontaneous and may be triggered by a discussion >>> on IRC? >> >> Correct :) Though incidentally not IRC this time, but an e-mail >> conversation. > > Maybe add a comment at the beginning regarding this, so we know too ;-) > >> Anyway, this issue popped up relatively often during the last years. My >> impression was that some people naturally expect syntax highlighting, or >> even demand it, and I felt I should also make my position clear. > > There is nothing to demand, People need to learn that. > Don't let them bugger you so much, Alex. > > It's to be expected that people ask for things they are used to from > whatever corner of programming they come from, and we (as a community) > should surely improve the current state of documentation and availability > of knowlegde surrounding PicoLisp. But I personally don't see this as the > responsibility and personal task of Alex! The amount of work he puts into > PicoLisp and the huge efforts he makes to answer questions should be more > then enough. > > PicoLisp is Free Software, so there is nothing to stop people to use it > however they like. In my eyes, this also means there is NO excuse to not > do that. No need to harass Alex, I'm pretty sure there is a way to achieve > everything with PicoLisp by doing some research (rtfm and searching the > mailinglist archive) or by hacking it together yourself. > > This comment I mean not just in the context of syntax style, but also > about other "missing functionality" and "missing library" - just find a > way yourself! And then contribute something back, share it on the mailing > list or in the wiki on picolisp.com or just put it on your own web > presence. (Alex is doing exactly that all the time - some others too). > > Back to topic: > There are many editors with general lisp syntax highlighting there, even > the emacs extensions in the official PicoLisp distribution contains one for > picolisp. > That one I actually use, but mainly as typo-detector, > the bigger benefit I get from paredit-mode, which handles indentation and is > really great for editing S-Expressions. > > For other editors, there are often simple ways to even write your own > syntax highlighting config file, e.g. for nano (google for nanorc). > >>> More precisely, concerning the language Iâ€™m basing on PicoLisp, which >>> is >>> dedicated to beginners, I'd like to say: >>> - Coloring transient symbols is important to help students spot quote >>> errors >>> (which may be trivial, but can occur with people not used to >>> programming) > > Good point, but then you probably want a syntax highlighting customized to > your "language based on PicoLisp", and not just for "Alex standard way to > do it". Lisp evolves with the current user, so I think thats the overall > reason why there can't be _one_right_way_. > > Have all a nice day and good start into the week, > Andreas