[ESS] ESS, R, speedbar: suggestion for documentation

Vitalie Spinu spinuvit at gmail.com
Mon Apr 29 13:34:07 CEST 2013

Thanks Ramon, 

That is nice idea indeed, but I wonder if it would be more appropriate
to put it on the Wiki? There are many other tools out there that might
be useful with R-ESS and they are changing all the time. I think it is
much more efficient to outsource this part of the documentation to the

I think a whole section like "Code navigation and inspection" is
warranted. Here I would include references to "helm" and imenu-anywhere
and also inbuilt ess-build-tags-for-directory (C-c C-e t) and find-tag

I have just done that reorganized our wiki page

and added a link to yet non-existing ESSspeedbar page. Would you mind
adding your text to this page?


 >> Ramon Diaz-Uriarte <rdiaz02 at gmail.com>
 >> on Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:15:08 +0200 wrote:

 > Dear All,

 > I wonder if it would make sense to explicitly say in the documentation how
 > to make speedbar work nicely with R. I spent sometime last night trying to
 > remember how to do it, but (my use of) google was not particularly useful,
 > and I could not find anything in the ESS documentation or mailing lists.
 > Maybe something along the lines

 > " To make speedbar show an R buffer's functions, variables, etc, you need
 > to add R to the set of supported extensions; for instance, add to your
 > .emacs

 > (speedbar-add-supported-extension ".R")

 > By default, speedbar will split the list of functions into groups if there
 > are more than 10. If you do not like this behavior, set the variable
 > speedbar-tag-regroup-maximum-length to a larger number.

 > These settings will also work with sr-speedbar
 > (http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/SrSpeedbar), a mode to make speedbar show
 > in the current frame.

 > "

 > Best,

 > R.

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