On 10 February 2018 at 14:45, Ethan Beyak <ethanbe...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm a new Geany user. First, thanks all developers for your hard work on a
> great program.
> The editor is amazing!
> My question is about what Geany automatically does when a single quote
> character (')
> is placed in front of a word and if its possible to control that behavior. I
> ask because one
> language I'm currently developing in is Maxima and the single quote is an
> operator (prevents evaluation).
> For my colorscheme=zenburn.conf and lexer_filetype=C, when I type a single
> quote before a word,
> it italicizes the rest of the current line, and changes all colors to a
> light red (overwriting any colors
> per primary and secondary keywords I have defined in my
> filetypes.Maxima.conf)
> Are there any settings / knobs I can turn to modify this behavior, such as
> lexer_properties or
> settings, in the filetypes.*.conf file? Preferably, I'd like to avoid
> writing my own lexer file to make this
> small change; but if its necessary, I'd appreciate some advice on how and
> where to make that
> change in the src.

Syntax highlighting is controlled by a lexer written in C++ that
identifies syntactic elements.   You have selected to use the C
language lexer where single quotes identify character literals.

You should try other languages, but most use single quote as a
character sequence opening.  Perhaps Lisp would be more useful since
single quote has a similar meaning in Lisp to Maxima (and come to
think of it I believe Maxima is written in Lisp)..

You could create a colour scheme that sets the styling for characters
to something neutral, but nothing in the rest of the line (or at least
to the next single quote, that being what C requires to close a
character) will be syntactically analysed since the lexer thinks its a
character literal.

For anything else you would have to change the lexer to stop it
identifying characters when it encounters a single quote.  The lexer
is part of the Scintilla editing widget Geany uses and is in the
scintilla directory.


> Thanks!
> Ethan
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