It's kind of hard to discuss something which is probably about
(or more) unnecessary. This is more or less just an #ifdef merge of
the version before Matt's patch and current 21.4, right? Eg, I saw
dozens of changes from "re_bool" to "boolean" and
others like changing
"comstyle" back to "mask", which are probably purely cosmetic, and
so, undesirable. Please do work up something more concise.
Ok, I'll take a look.
If we're not going to revert the feature entirely, we should make
runtime option. Perl programmers (cperl being the only current mode
that uses the syntax-table property, although Alan Mackenzie is
threatening us with another one) program C and Java too!
The problem is and always has been that no-one has any time to look at
it. If you have the time then great, but we've been in this limbo-land
for 6 months now. Reverting the feature entirely doesn't seem in the
spirit of XEmacs to me. This at least enables people to do work. I use
XEmacs every day and it taking *15 seconds* to indent a line of Java
makes me seriously think about using Emacs instead.