Subject: Re: Lisp problems (maybe emacs)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 21 Nov 2002 23:23:10 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Espen Vestre
| "Braindamaged font-lock shit"?

  It is regexp-based and therefore extremely unintelligent and it also does
  a stupid, trivial syntax-only highlighting.  A more literal interpretation
  of "braindamaged" is hardly possible.  Working with crayons like that just
  looks amazingly retarded to me.  I mean, English is harder to get exactly
  right than any programming language, but do people need (or get) color
  highlighting of something trivially based on regexp-matching?  No.  Font-
  lock mode is a fancy gimmick because it is trivially possible, not because
  it is actually useful.

| And I'd like to see the still- in-use machine that uses a significant
| share of its cpu cycles for font-lock-mode!

  That is not the point.  The point is that complaining about the CPU time
  it takes to do font-locking is more than the CPU time it would take to
  scan back to the beginning of the buffer to count match parentheses, and
  if you use the font-lock nonsense, the buffer already has that information
  pre-computed.  So it is an argument against the relative expense of the
  mechanism that was sacrificed while another very wasteful technology was

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

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