[squeak-dev] Re: Is there a preference setting to block automatic parentheses?

Nicolas Cellier nicolas.cellier.aka.nice at gmail.com
Thu Feb 26 22:15:40 UTC 2015

2015-02-26 19:54 GMT+01:00 Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de>:

> On 26.02.2015, at 04:05, Marcel Taeumel <
> marcel.taeumel at student.hpi.uni-potsdam.de> wrote:
> >
> > Okay. Tim just explained to me, what Bert's "stack" actually means, and
> that
> > it is not necessarily a stack from an implementation point of view but
> > merely a smart counter. :)
> >
> > Sounds reasonable. And much cheaper than asking the Parser if there are
> too
> > few closing brackets. And similar (even better) from a usability
> > perspective.
> What I was proposing (and what is *standard* behavior in about any code
> editor) has nothing to do with the parser. It is not counting any parens
> that are in the text already. It's not even aware of syntax. It merely
> temporarily keeps track of what was auto-inserted, on a single line, not
> globally, not forever. As soon as you move the cursor you're back to
> regular, non-magic editing.
> Auto-inserted parens are magic. This magic lasts until the user is done
> editing that single expression. It should be nothing fancy from a user's
> point of view. Using it should not be any more complicated than using a
> non-magic editor. But most importantly, the magic must not get in the way.
> We should delight our users with magic, not make them wish for a dumb
> editor because the magic is annoying.
> > I will look into it later this day.
> Awesome!
> - Bert -
> What if we used a specific emphasis like maybe #autoInserted with a
specific rendering (i.e. a fade gray background...) until there is a right
arrow key, or a closing parenthesis, a delete key, or a left click
positionning the cursor over the magically inserted characters?

This is somehow a light way to stack the states...
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