The preferences dialog consists of several panels.
This panel controls the main font used by DrScheme.
The Colors panel has several sub-panels that let you configure the colors that DrScheme uses for the editor background, for highlighting matching parentheses, for the online coloring for Scheme and Java modes, for Check Syntax, and for the colors of the text in the interactions window.
It also has two buttons, White on Black and Black on White, which set a number of defaults for the color preferences and change a few other aspects of DrScheme’s behavior to make DrScheme’s colors look nicer for those two modes.
The Editing panel consists of several sub-panels:
This panel controls which keywords DrScheme recognizes for indenting, and how each keyword is treated.
This panel controls which keywords DrScheme uses to determine when to rewrite [ to (. For cond-like keywords, the number in parenthesis indicates how many sub-expressions are skipped before square brackets are started.
See The Editor for details on how the entries in the columns behave.
Number of recent items – controls the length of the Open Recent menu (in the File menu).
Auto-save files – If checked, the editor generates autosave files (see Backup and Autosave Files) for files that have not been saved after five minutes.
Backup files – If checked, when saving a file for the first time in each editing session, the original copy of the file is copied to a backup file in the same directory. The backup files have the same name as the original, except that they end in either ".bak" or "~".
Map delete to backspace – If checked, the editor treats the Delete key like the Backspace key.
Show status-line – If checked, DrScheme shows a status line at the bottom of each window.
Count column numbers from one – If checked, the status line’s column counter counts from one. Otherwise, it counts from zero.
Display line numbers in buffer; not character offsets – If checked, the status line shows a 〈line〉:〈column〉 display for the current selection rather than the character offset into the text.
Wrap words in editor buffers – If checked, DrScheme editors auto-wrap text lines by default. Changing this preference affects new windows only.
Use separate dialog for searching – If checked, then selecting the Find menu item opens a separate dialog for searching and replacing. Otherwise, selecting Find opens an interactive search-and-replace panel at the bottom of a DrScheme window.
Reuse existing frames when opening new files – If checked, new files are opened in the same DrScheme window, rather than creating a new DrScheme window for each new file.
Enable keybindings in menus – If checked, some DrScheme menu items have keybindings. Otherwise, no menu items have key bindings. This preference is designed for people who are comfortable editing in Emacs and find the standard menu keybindings interfere with the Emacs keybindings.
Color syntax interactively – If checked, DrScheme colors your syntax as you type.
Automatically print to PostScript file – If checked, printing will automatically save PostScript files. If not, printing will use the standard printing mechanisms for your computer.
Open files in separate tabs (not separate windows) – If checked, DrScheme will use tabs in the front-most window to open new files, rather than creating new windows for new files.
Automatically open interactions window when running a program – If checked, DrScheme shows the interactions window (if it is hidden) when a program is run.
Put the interactions window beside the definitions window – If checked, DrScheme puts the interactions window to the right of the definitions window. By default, the interactions window is below the definitions window.
Highlight between matching parens – If checked, the editor marks the region between matching parenthesis with a gray background (in color) or a stipple pattern (in monochrome) when the blinking caret is next to a parenthesis.
Correct parens – If checked, the editor automatically converts a typed ) to ] to match [, or it converts a typed ] to ) to match (. Also, the editor changes typed [ to match the context (as explained in The Editor).
Flash paren match – If checked, typing a closing parenthesis, square bracket, or quotation mark flashes the matching open parenthesis/bracket/quote.
Ask before changing save format – If checked, DrScheme consults the user before saving a file in non-text format (see Program Files).
Verify exit – If checked, DrScheme consults the user before exiting.
Only warn once when executions and interactions are not synchronized – If checked, DrScheme warns the user on the first interaction after the definitions window, language, or teachpack is changed without a corresponding click on Run. Otherwise, the warning appears on every interaction.
Ask about clearing test coverage – If checked, when test coverage annotations are displayed DrScheme prompts about removing them. This setting only applies to the PLT languages. DrScheme never asks in the teaching languages.
Check for newer PLT Scheme versions – If checked, DrScheme periodically polls a server to determine whether a newer version of DrScheme is available.
This preference panel configures the profiling report. The band of color shows the range of colors that profiled functions take on. Colors near the right are used for code that is not invoked often and colors on the right are used for code that is invoked often.
If you are interested in more detail at the low end, choose the Square root check box. If you are interested in more detail at the upper end, choose the Square check box.
This preferences panel allows you to configure your HTTP proxy. Contact your system administrator for details.