best vi / emacs python features

Falcolas garrickp at
Thu Oct 8 17:40:26 CEST 2009

On Oct 8, 7:23 am, Jean-Michel Pichavant <jeanmic... at>
> Chris Jones wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 07, 2009 at 07:06:08PM EDT, TerryP wrote:
> > [..]
> >> I am a freak: I do not use nor want syntax highlighting. I don't want
> >> my editor to understand mail, irc, or the www either, I want it to
> >> edit text efficiently so I can go on with the rest of my life as soon
> >> as possible. Given the choice of using a space cadets editor like
> >> emacs or something primitive one like ed, I would choose *ed* just to
> >> speed things up and save on wrist strain. Before I read a tutorial
> >> about vi, I used XEmacs very happily---vi just lines up better with
> >> how my brain works.
> >> --
> >> It is also general consensus that I am nuts ;)
> > I don't think so.
> > Always felt that syntax highlighting for instance is way overrated.  Haven't
> > tried "ed" yet, but since I have already stripped down my everything to what
> > I thought was minimal, now that you mention it, this may be where I'm bound.
> > I do have a question:
> > You mentioned Vim's clientserver mode.
> > What's it good for?
> > Thanks,
> > CJ
> Strange how things can differ from one person to another. Syntax
> highlighting is the feature I'm missing the most when I'm using pure vi.
> Looks like some are getting annoyed by it, I think it provides useful
> and meaningful informations through colors.
> JM

I have found that syntax hilighting is useful, as long as it isn't
overwhelming. Zenburn is a great highlighting scheme which is fairly
easy on the eyes to use (no startling colors anywhere), yet the
differences are enough for me to quickly pick out syntax elements.


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