[ESS] Melpa got me now. What you say about ess-smart-underscore ?

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 4 05:00:29 CEST 2015

I finally got Melpa to work. I've tried a lot of packages in the last 2 days :)

I found ess-smart-underscore and I think I like it.  I think I wish
you'd put it into ESS itself.  Have you thought about it?

Without smart underscore, I still get a lot of accidental <- when I want _.

I watch the students in the lab here learning to use ESS/Emacs and the
two most frustrating keyboard things for them are 1) the arrow keys
don't work the way the expect and 2) variables with underscores in
them are very difficult to type.

To anticipate one counter argument, changing the behavior of _ will
inconvenience the people who have gotten used to the double _.
However, remember that the underscore was a forbidden character (was
assignment in S) and most of us who are really old still get a
creepy-crawley feeling when we see underscores in variable and
function names.  So, if you install smart underscore, you reduce the
discomfort by 1/2 by reducing the number of times they have to type

Paul E. Johnson
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