Mousepad Improvements

Nick Schermer nickschermer at
Sun Oct 2 08:25:18 CEST 2011

On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:44 PM, Matthew Brush <mbrush at> wrote:
>> I don't think people would tend to use Mousepad for heavy code
>> development, but when performing one-shot modifications to some files
>> a bit of highlighting may be nice.
> I think it's a basic feature that most Linux users expect from even the most
> minimal editor...even the "nano" editor has syntax highlighting.

We lets put it in a realistic way then. Fact is that the nick_0_3
mousepad branch is a lot better then the code in master. It has some
nice features, tho some need to be re-considered for inclusion
(vertical selection).
Other fact is that I say I'm going to finish it for quite some time,
but keep saying this. It needs to be ported to gio for file loading
and it needs encoding support.

It has a text view that is build on top of gtktextview [1], but some
of those are also provided by gtksourceview.

My biggest concern is startup speed when gtksourceview is used, if
this is not that much of an issue, it will strip a lot of code from
the current code base (undo/redo, view options like line numbers etc)
which is always nice.

I've no idea how good you (Matthew) are in writing code, but maybe we
can find a mutual agreement nick_0_3 will get syntax highlighting and
the last rough edges will be removed so it gets ready for master.



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