[Idle-dev] Two small feature suggestions

Tal Einat taleinat at gmail.com
Tue Aug 26 09:25:26 CEST 2008

Joseph Hocking wrote:
> Hello, I am new to IDLE and have two small feature suggestions for future
> development.  I apologize if these features are already in IDLE and I've
> simply failed to notice; I tried looking in the documentation webpage and
> found nothing.
> First off, it would be great if hitting Home took you to the start of the
> text on a line, not the very beginning of the line.  I'm hard pressed to
> imagine a situation where going to the literal beginning of the line while
> coding would be useful, but it's very useful to snap to the start of text on
> a line while moving the cursor around with the keyboard.
> Second, the Class Browser could be improved a great deal by having an
> automatic update.  There's no need to update while writing code, but it
> would be great if the browser list updated whenever you saved the file.
> Incidentally, both of these are implemented in other Python editors like
> DrPython (my favorite of the several I've tried so far) so I wouldn't
> consider this high priority, just a small suggestion from a new user.
> Thanks!

Hi Joseph,

First off, welcome to IDLE-dev! Thank you for taking the time to join
the list and tell us about your ideas.

I'm at work now and must keep it short, but your ideas sound good to
me. The first reminds me of a feature in IDLE's Shell window where the
Home key moves the cursor to after the ">>> " at the beginning of the
command line when appropriate, so implementing this should be
reasonably easy. The second feature sounds reasonable and possible; I
honestly don't remember whether or not IDLE has such a feature already
since I hardly ever use the class browser. I'll take a look when I
have more time.

Again, thank you and welcome!

- Tal

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