[plt-scheme] Re: Scheme contradictions

From: Richard Cleis (rcleis at mac.com)
Date: Tue May 9 10:40:10 EDT 2006

I, too, like 'dimming' the parens.  Printouts might look better if the 
parens were represented as dots, dotted characters, or tiny versions of 
themselves... but printouts are so rarely needed that I've never 
bothered hacking a character set to try it.

It's good to hear that you have been cons'd onto the "Lisp is 
beautiful" list.


On May 9, 2006, at 2:45 AM, Srikumar Subramanian wrote:

> Another scheme newbie speaking ...
> I wonder if those who're disturbed by parens ever experiment
> with custom syntax highlighting in DrScheme.
> I set lambda, define and such keywords to show up
> in bold black and I set parentheses to be colored a very
> light grey.
> I now find it easy to mentally switch between
> "I'm reading code" and "I'm digging into code" modes.
> The sexpr block highlighting in DrScheme works so well
> with this that I never lose track of structure in digger
> mode (never did) and am not disturbed by parentheses when
> reading code (used to be). Lisp code actually looks
> beautiful!
> As an extreme case, try setting the parentheses color to
> white :) The subtle but systematic white space (what used to be
> parens) quite nicely shows enough structure for eyeballing
> code.
> -Srikumar
> PS: My previous posting failed. I'm trying again. Please pardon
> duplicate email.
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