[OS X TeX] TeXShop suggestions/questions

Marcelo LaFleur mlafleur at earthlink.net
Sat Nov 23 02:45:16 EST 2002

Hi all,

I don't remember where I saw this, but a nice feature of one of the editors
is that when you close the $ it highlights the pair which it belongs to.
This is ver handy when you have a number of $ signs in a paragraph or the /$
command inside the $...$ nest. Also, simply moving the cursor to the $
highlights the pair. A good idea???

on 11/21/02 11:49 PM, Richard Seguin at riseguin at earthlink.net wrote:

> Nicola,
> I could have written your comments myself! 90% of my errors have to do
> with missing $ characters. I just opened up a document with BBEdit,
> which colors the entire $ ... $ string green, and I have many
> paragraphs that are more green than black. It's almost as difficult to
> read as if there were no coloring at all. On the other hand, when there
> is a missing $, coloring the whole math mode string green is the best
> diagnostic tool. Therefore, I very much like the idea of something like
> a toolbar button that toggles solid green on and off.
> As for your last suggestion, JEdit does this. Specifically, I have it
> set up so that the the $ ... $ string is colored green except for math
> commands, which are colored blue, and the ( ) { } ^ + - = characters
> which are colored red. It would be nice to have this kind of
> flexibility in TeXShop.
> One additional suggestion: the ability to apply a color like very light
> grey to the entire text background so that it's easier on my eyes. This
> is a feature that most text editors have.
> I've also recently noticed a bug. When I click on the oval button in
> the title bar, the toolbar disappears as it should, but then the bottom
> of the text window moves up, yielding no net increase in text area. I
> believe the bottom of the window is supposed to remain stationary, thus
> increasing the text window size.
> Richard Séguin
> On Thursday, November 21, 2002, at 02:28  PM, Nicola Cabibbo wrote:
>> I would like to enter, even if lately, the $ coloring discussion.
>> Coloring of inter-$ material can be very valuable
>> when errors happen. Missing $ are for me the most frequent and
>> annoying sources of errors. They are annoying because I frequently
>> write paragraphs where math and normal text are frequently
>> alternated, and a missing $ may cause an error
>> at a location which can be quite a few lines removed from the
>> location of the missing $ itself.
>> On the other hand I really like the appearence of the TexShop
>> page as it is now, as it is very clean, and favours an undivided
>> attention to the content of the text.
>> I would thus like to be able to activate inter-$ coloring with a
>> switch-like device, perhaps a button, perhaps a keyboard action which
>> I would only use when an error arises. I other words one would have
>> two modes and the ability to alternate between them. This would be
>> more convenient than a preference setting.
>> An elegant solution would be to enable this colouring authomatically
>> with the "Go To Error" button of the console.
>> As a final suggestion, would it be possible to apply a special color
>> to inter-$ material, but still give the standard color to math commands
>> like \frac, etc?
>>    with many thanks for this beautiful and clean application!
>> Nicola Cabibbo
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