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How to display line numbers alongside an NSTextView.

Every once in a while a question pops up on the Cocoa mailing lists about how to create a left margin with line numbers, such as in Xcode.

== Approach 1: Custom NSRulerView ==

You can subclass NSRulerView and draw the numbers there. An example of that is the NoodleLineNumberView in [https://github.com/MrNoodle/NoodleKit NoodleKit] along with the a more recently updated version: https://github.com/scottharwell/NoodleKit

== Approach 2: Custom NSTextView ==

The trick is to subclass NSTextView with an NSTextContainer that allows for writing in a margin.

See http://home.earthlink.net/~kvddrift/software/linenumbers.tar.gz (link has been fixed)

This method ony works when NSTextView's setWidthTracksTextView attribute is set to YES. This is a severe limitation since this attribute will almost certainly be set to NO when implementing non-wrapping text; see TextView">DisablingWrapInTextView.

== Approach 3: Custom NSScrollView Tiling ==

You can also do custom NSScrollView tiling, adding your own custom NSView subclass alongside the text view and doing whatever you want. No need to customize NSTextView or NSRulerView.

== Old ==

I made a complete line numbering library. Have a look.

http://homepage.mac.com/mnishikata/page4/page9/page9.html (BROKEN LINK)

http://homepage.mac.com/mnishikata/page4/page9/files/page9_2.png (BROKEN LINK)