[OS X TeX] Tabular/array macros

Will Robertson will at guerilla.net.au
Mon Nov 8 02:48:11 EST 2004

On 8 Nov 2004, at 5:48 PM, Jérôme Laurens wrote:
> I think that something like
> tell application blah to select line # of the text of its first 
> document
> and
> tell application blah to select characters (1 through last) of line # 
> of the text of its first document
> could be very cool (except parenthesis)

I agree!
(Although I prefer the "tell the text of the front document to..." form 
better, but that's just a personal preference, as far as I know. I 
agree it's not as 'natural language' like.)

> Is it what you need?

I think adding hooks like this makes the application so much more 
extensible by scripting. While you guys are coding the programs 
themselves, users can be putting together scripts that make creating 
documents so much easier.

Of course, if every program implemented applescript support with the 
same interface, that would be even better, but I the co-ordination that 
requires seems too great for the moment. (I'm hoping for a very rich AS 
interface in iTM2+ which can later be copied for use in TeXShop, or 
vice versa.)

In fact, it would make sense to copy BBEdit's way of doing things as 
much as possible, since that's the only text editor I know of that's 
used for TeX and has a very extensive Applescript dictionary. (I don't 
have it or use it, though.)


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