im still missing this functionality a lot...
practically nothing else is really missing from sublime.
(maybe multi column view on a per tab basis, but the bufferscroll plugin is good enough)
With this feature, it would make Sublime THE perfect editor.
It's a chicken-egg problem a little bit though... If there is no professional cross platform editor which supports elastic tab stops, then how people could try it for real and have a feel of it?
I have to admit, even I can't tell if it's really a great feature or not, since I couldn't try it for real work. I can just extrapolate from the http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/ article, where I recognized my pains have a name...
I was a hardcode vim guy for 10+ years, then used TextMate for a year and couldn't find anything better than that until yesterday. Sublime know utterly *everything*:
- knows save on focus lost
- have the intelligent filename search (with instant file preview!!!)
- can open full folders
(no need to create a project for it explicitely!!!...)
- handles proportional fonts
- handles double width characters (chinese for example)
- beautiful default color scheme with black background
- distraction free "zen" mode
- CROSS PLATFORM!!!!
- no stupid dialog box config
these features make it the best editor for me.
and i tried the following editors, just to make the foundation of my comparision clear:
textmate, textwrangler, jedit, redcar, eclipse, netbeans, aptana, komodo, macvim, smultron (2), notepad++, gedit (on mac, but no wide char support... has elastic tab stop plugin though) and probably a few more, but NONE of them support all the features above at once :(
If Sublime would support elastic tab stops, all the progressive minds would recommend.
Elastic tabstops would make Sublime truly, maximally unique.
ps: the correct link to the forum thread is http://www.sublimetext.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=147&p=9149
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