[PyKDE] Eric misc questions and wishlist
jUrner at arcor.de
Wed Apr 12 14:16:39 BST 2006
Before I start bothering you with another entry for the Eric4 wishlist
there are a few things I would like to ask:
1. I wonder if there is a reason why you do not host eric on sourceforge?
Wouldn't this make a perfect environment for eric to reside in?
As far as I know QT4 has pretty good windows support and license
and way more users could get attracted to Eric. Could be easier to
the masses on Sourceforge :-)
2. I wonder why there is no documentation on the user interface? I Think
Eric would well deserve one. Although I do not like to raise my hand
something I could try to take over to at least make a start if not
someone already. Just for you to see that I halfway know of what I'm
about take a look at http://home.arcor.de/jurner/python/ for some
TRAC based documentation.
(ups... what did I say ...glad noone is listening :-)
Now on to the wishlist
Maybe s.o. pointed something similar out already but the wishlist is not
available, so I post it anyway.
There is one thing I'm missing cureently in "Extras"
I do frequently use python scripts to perform various tasks.
Some scripts are working on the currently selected text (mark-up for
in HTML pages for example), some do have a fixed argument set, some do not.
There is pretty much space left in "Extras" to make up a user defined part
of the menu, right at hand. What I would like to suggest is an approach
from an editor I used to use wich did make perfekt sense to me.
One never knows how many tools a user uses. Can be plenty and may include
various common tasks.
So a group switcher would come in in handy. Enabling the user to define
groups of tools
up to a certain limit.
Each group can be assigned various tools. Pretty much like the current tools
A tool could provide the following options:
. name of menu entry
. executable/file to launch (...)
+ $(filename), $(dir), $(text), $(current selection), ... see KATE
<o capture output?>
<o redirect output to current file (current cursor pos)?>
<o replace contents of current file with output?>
<o prompt for arguments?>
So the "Extras" menu could look like this:
- new tool group... --> popup
- select tool group
- group default (the group eric comes shipped with)
- user defined 1
- user defined N
tool 1 of current tool group
tool N of current tool group
This may look surprisingly familiar to anyone happening to know
EditPlus- windows that is :-)
Apart from grouping related tools the group awitcher has the additional
give the user the opportunity to select tools depending on the current
script or project
he is working upon. One for C projects one for Python, one for HTML, one
documentations (eric docs, python docs) and so on, whatever suites the
users needs best.
Sorry for flooding the wishlist and not coming up with any patches at all.
Eric is running _to_ slick so there was not much need to dig into the
Thanks for everything
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