[OS X TeX] Damn Applescript!
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Sep 26 10:57:02 EDT 2005
Quite a while ago (using software time, not geological time here) I
put together, with a bunch of help from this list, the following
macro to ``Find Next "Tab"'' (where "Tab" is an embedded bullet
character, `•', in a command completion):
set searchString to "•"
tell application "TeXShop"
set searchOffset to (offset of selection of front document)
if (length of selection of front document) > 0
set searchOffset to (searchOffset + 1)
tell front document
set firstOccurrence to (search for searchString starting from
if firstOccurrence > 0 then
set offset of selection of front document to (firstOccurrence - 1)
set length of selection of front document to (number of characters
of contents of searchString)
-- end of script
The macro finds and selects the next "Tab" character if it exists.
Recently I was asked to also delete that "Tab" character with an
example where that would be handy (saves pressing Del in certain
nested environments with my completions). I tried using the line
delete the selection of the front document
line but that didn't work. I'm amazed at the strange, seemingly
random, syntax of Applescript but maybe that's my age showing since
I'm used to procedural languages (I loved C). Any help here would be
appreciated! Supposedly `delete' is a verb in TeXShop's Applescript
dictionary and I'd think that `selection of the front document' would
be a decent noun so...
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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