Subject: Re: Lisp problems (maybe emacs)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 21 Nov 2002 10:57:13 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Tim Bradshaw
| And it's not even *true*, of course.  The system could maintain state
| about where various top-level points were, meaning it almost never needs
| to scan everything.  But no, let's just crap over our users for ever.

  It is in fact pretty pathetic that people use this braindamaged font-lock
  shit, which /really/ consumes computrons for no good reason and which has
  /already/ identified the whole form so it could crayon all over it, and
  then think that such a backward scan is problematic.

  On the other hand, if you reach a paren at the beginning of a line and it
  is not in a string literal and not the start of a top-level form, the user
  should get a brief electrical shock with wall-socket voltage and fix it.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.