Yes, I agree that cperl is the right mode to use.
I use it daily in XEmacs.
I've also been using
mmm-mode regularly to edit HTML::Mason files,
with the mode (and syntax highlighting and background)
changing between blocks of html and perl.
I also like your brief version of the tab definitions.
However, while I'm not sure exactly what the tab key does
in vim perl, cperl's default tab definition
took me a bit of getting used to - particularly
in that by default hitting tab at the end of a line
indents the whole line appropriately instead of
moving to the righ to get ready for a comment.
It might be worth noting that
(setq-default cperl-tab-always-indent nil)
tells cperl that tab means indent when the cursor is
to the left of the text, otherwise it means "insert-tab" -
though I believe that's still different from the
shift-tab defined as "tab-to-tab-stop" which I use
As far as Damian's named macros for inserting a
specific chunk of text or loading a specific template,
I'd suggest something like the following.
; A named function to insert some specific text.
(defun my-insert-stuff ()
(interactive "*") ; "*" => error if read-only
(insert "This is the text to insert. ")
; Set it to a specific keystroke combo.
(global-set-key [(control c) m] 'my-insert-stuff)
; Load a specific template in a new unattached buffer.
(defun template-one ()
"documentation string" ; For help and info.
(interactive) ; Make this user accessible.
; It too could be set to some specific key combination.
(global-set-key [(control c) o] 'template-one)
Finally, you might be amused by these definitions.
for », «, ¥
;;; ---- some "unicode" perl6 stuff
;; The numeric codes are base 10 from iso-8869-1.
;; Keys are control-c followed by control-(>, <, y),
;; without the shift key
(global-set-key [(control c) (control ?.)]
'(lambda () (interactive "*") (insert 187)))
(global-set-key [(control c) (control ?,)]
'(lambda () (interactive "*") (insert 171)))
(global-set-key [(control c) (control ?y)]
'(lambda () (interactive "*") (insert 165)))
update: fixed a typo; "control" not "crontol"
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