Keymap and behaviors files are ClojureScript data that when merged together create LightTable's final keys and functionality. A user can add or remove any keybinding/behavior. This is powerful as any default keybinding/behavior, whether from LightTable or a plugin, can be removed or overridden by a user. Next this document will cover configuring behaviors and keybindings through tags, keys and commands.
Tags allow keybindings/behaviors to apply in different contexts i.e.
means something different in a url bar vs a popup. Under the hood, objects have
tags added and removed which makes a keybinding/behavior apply or not apply to
them respectively. Tags can have optional extensions that make them apply in
different contexts. For example to have the
:editor tag only apply to a file
for a given filetype use the format
an extension takes precedence over one without.
There are a number of tags that only apply in a unique UI context or widget e.g. a browser. Here are some common ones:
- :browser - Applies when inside a browser tab
- :editor.keys.hinting.active - Applies when hinting/autocomplete is active
- :filter-list.input - Applies when in a filter-list e.g. Commands pane or Navigator
LightTable uses mousetrap for keyboard
handling. Mousetrap recognizes the following modifier keys:
shift, ctrl, alt/option and command/cmd. LightTable also recognizes pmeta which is
command/cmd in OSX and ctrl anywhere else. To specify other special keys like
'enter' see this Mousetrap documentation.
LightTable also supports key combinations/sequences when keys are separated by a
space. This allows plugins like Emacs to support key chords like 'ctrl-x u'.
Keybindings and tags with multiple extensions
To override a keybinding that has multiple extensions e.g.
:editor.keys.normal, you must specify a tag that has the same prefix and than
an additional extension e.g.
:editor.keys.normal.clojure. As an example, let's
override the backspace key which is tagged with
:editor.keys.normal but only
in a clojure file. In user.behaviors, create a tag when in clojure files which
[:editor.cljs :lt.object/add-tag :editor.keys.normal.clojure].
Then in user.keymap, use the tag with
[:editor.keys.normal.clojure "backspace" :add-browser-tab]. Backspacing in
a clojure tab should now add a browser tab - not that most useful thing ;).
Commands In Keybindings
Keybindings can run multiple commands by appending them to the end e.g.
[:TAG "KEYS" :COMMAND1 :COMMAND2]. While commands are started serially, there isn't a
guarantee that one command is fully finished before the next proceeds. Any
commands that have asynchronous functionality e.g. interaction with a network or
filesystem cannot guarantee when their functionality is complete. Commands can
have arguments passed to them by wrapping them in parenthesis e.g.
(:COMMAND ARG1 ARG2). For example
[:tabs "pmeta-1" (:tabs.goto 0)] is a default
keybinding that passes
0 as an argument to the