Common LispWorks User Guide, Liquid Common Lisp Version 5.0

8 The Editor

The environment has a text editor which is designed specifically to make writing Lisp source code easier. It is very similar to the EMACS text editor, and you should refer to the Common LispWorks Guide to the Editor supplied with your software, for a full description of the extensive range of functions and commands available.

The editor features a comprehensive set of menus, as well as a number of different views, and it has an interface which is completely consistent with all the other tools in the environment. This chapter gives a complete description of these aspects of the editor, as well as giving you a general overview of how the editor is used. If you have not used EMACS before, this chapter tells you all you need to know to get started.

The advantage of the editor is its ability to perform a wide range of operations by using menu commands, as well as the keyboard commands described in more detail in the Common LispWorks Guide to the Editor. These operations range from simple tasks such as navigating around a file, to more complex actions which have been specifically designed to ease the task of writing Lisp code.

By becoming familiar with the menu commands available, you can learn to use the editor effectively in a very short space of time, before moving on to more advanced operations.

Like other tools, the editor offers a number of different views. Unlike other tools, one view in particular is used more often than any other.

You can create an editor using any of the following methods:

Note that you must use either the echo area of the listener or the echo podium (depending where the mouse pointer was when you typed the command) to specify the filename. There is more information about this in Section 8.1.2 on page 85.

Notice that when you create an editor from the Works menu, you are not actually editing a file immediately.

8.1 - Displaying and editing files
8.2 - Displaying and swapping between buffers
8.3 - Displaying Common Lisp definitions
8.4 - Displaying definitions which have changed
8.5 - Displaying output messages in the editor
8.6 - Configuring the display
8.7 - Getting started with the editor
8.8 - Other essential commands
8.9 - Cutting, copying and pasting using the clipboard
8.10 - Cutting, copying and pasting using the kill ring
8.11 - Searching and replacing text
8.12 - Using Lisp-specific commands
8.13 - Help with editing

Common LispWorks User Guide, Liquid Common Lisp Version 5.0 - 18 OCT 1996

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