[TxMt] Re: Indented soft wrapping

Tom Wardrop tom at tomwardrop.com
Mon Feb 3 05:52:47 UTC 2014

I suppose there needs to be more global settings, and for each of them,
perhaps provide four settings instead of two. Using soft-wrap as an
example, they would be:

   - Forced on - Forces soft-wrapping to be ON regardless of
   bundle-specific settings.
   - Default on - Respects bundle-specific settings, but defaults to ON
   where bundle does not specify.
   - Default off - Respects bundle-specific settings, but defaults to OFF
   where bundle does not specify.
   - Forced off - Forces soft-wrapping to be OFF regardless of
   bundle-specific settings.

I agree with most of the other discussion also.

Regarding identifying why a line is styled as it is (e.g. orange and in
italics), perhaps a simple solution would be to simply show the style
information for the current cursor position by holding down a modifier key,
or by providing an option in the context-menu called "Show style
information" that displayed in a tooltip or window overlay all inherited
styles at the position of the cursor. This I imagine would be much less
work than providing something equivalent to the inspector in most web


On 3 February 2014 14:27, Matt Neuburg <matt at tidbits.com> wrote:

> On Feb 2, 2014, at 7:38 PM, Trevor Harmon <trevor at vocaro.com> wrote:
> > I certainly agree this procedure is not very user-friendly, but is it
> still the way to go? Or have things changed in TextMate 2?
> My ideas are very inchoate and I appreciate the discussion of the opposing
> point of view, so please keep countering me.
> My thought here is: It is wrong to look for user-friendliness in TM2.
> Non-power users of TM2 are probably not going to be capable or desirous of
> changing _anything_; they will love the text editing features and will
> learn to use them, in the same way that I use TM for editing and running
> Ruby or writing Markdown without worrying about _how_ it works behind the
> scenes, but they won't do any tweaking.
> Anyone, on the other hand, who does _any_ tweaking is promoted to a power
> user! And such a person, I argue, _will_ have to make these sorts of
> non-user-friendly adjustments. To make a non-user-friendly way to let
> non-power users do what power users do would dilute and confuse the
> program. TM2 is like emacs: you can take what you're given or you can make
> adjustments, but there is no naive user-friendly way to make those
> adjustments, nor should there be. TM2 is like Flammarion's woodcut:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flammarion.jpg
> Either stay on your side of the universe and enjoy the beauty of nature,
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