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1 Introduction
2 ------------
3
4 Welcome to Climacs, a project to create a Common Lisp version of
5 Emacs. In fact, this project is merely meant to replace the buffer
6 protocols of Goatee (the editor of McCLIM) and Portable Hemlock, in an
7 attempt to ultimately merge those two projects.
8
9 Climacs contributes (or will contribute) a few important things that
10 are not found neither in Goatee nor in Portable Hemlock:
11
12 * A buffer protocol with a potentially very efficient
13 implementation based on flexichains;
14
15 * An `undo' protocol that is both general and powerful and that
16 works on top of the buffer protocol;
17
18 * An implementation of the association between multi-keystroke
19 gestures and commands using nested CLIM command tables;
20
21 * The possibility of having the buffer contain arbitrary
22 objects. These will be rendered by the CLIM `present' function,
23 so that they become clickable in the right context;
24
25 * Syntax highlighting in the form of incremental parsers, especially
26 for Common Lisp code.
27
28 How to contribute
29 -----------------
30
31 Discussion happens on the mailing lists accessible from
32 <URL:http://common-lisp.net/project/climacs/>; arcives are likewise
33 accessible. Contributions to make the framework and the editor a
34 nicer environment are actively sought.
35
36 What to work on
37 ---------------
38
39 Climacs is a full CLIM application, and should take advantage of CLIM
40 as much as possible, in particular for completion, presentations, etc.
41
42 It is hard to resist the temptation to re-implement functionality that
43 is currently in Emacs but that really belongs either in CLIM or in
44 separate CLIM applications. In particular, we are NOT interested in:
45
46 * Mail and News readers (see mel and Hermes)
47
48 * A debugger (see the debugger pane of McCLIM)
49
50 * An inspector (see the inspector pane of McCLIM)
51
52 * Dired, Bufed, Shell mode, Calendar and other functionality that
53 is best done as a CLIM pane or a separate CLIM application
54
55 We ARE however interested in the following items:
56
57 * A grammar checker based on an incremental parser for natural
58 languages
59
60 * Incremental parsers for programming languages other than Common
61 Lisp
62
63 * A kill ring (perhaps the one from Portable Hemlock will do)
64
65 * Indentation warnings for Common Lisp
66
67 Installation
68 ------------
69
70 To install Climacs, see the INSTALL file.

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