[TxMt] Theme creation tools, wishlist

Allan Odgaard throw-away-1 at macromates.com
Fri Apr 7 06:03:52 UTC 2006

On 6/4/2006, at 22:35, Daniel Käsmayr wrote:

> * extract a listing of scopes from a bundle

I got a little carried away. Attached below is a Theme Builder  
bundle, it has one command which generates and switches to a random  
theme which will target all scopes of the current language (including  
languages which may be embedded in that).

> [...] “if your theme does NOT know about meta.scope.obscure then  
> please have it handled like meta.scope.common, as these are related  
> or at least the style markup would indicate a similar importance.”

This is why the scopes are hierarchical.

So in this case, one would use meta.scope.common.obscure -- a theme  
can then target this specifically, or it can settle with styling  
meta.scope.common, and obscure will then get that setting.

An actual example of this is how URLs are scoped as  
markup.underline.link. So if the theme has no setting for that, it  
will just be underlined (assuming that there is a style for  

Ideally a theme should only need to style the following scopes:  
comment, constant, entity, keyword, storage, string, support, and  

This is why I am actually against things like “extract all current  
scopes” (despite the attached bundle), because 90% of the time, the  
language should rather be “fixed” (in its use of scope names) rather  
than have the theme specifically address a given language.

It is however hard to try and find a common naming scheme when we  
support almost 100 languages, varying from markup, to procedural, to  
OO, to functional, to even things like emails.

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