[OS X TeX] Damn Applescript!
stefan at walsen.net
Wed Sep 28 05:36:16 EDT 2005
Herbert Schulz wrote:
> 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)
> 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
> after the
> set length...
> 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
Well, yes, but... you don't really want to delete the selection, do you?
you want to delete its *content*. Otherwise, the next time you say
'set offset of selection of front document to (firstOccurrence - 1)'
(or something similar), AppleScript says 'What selection? You mean the
one you just deleted? That's gone.' ;)
You could, of course, also say 'set content of selection of front
document to ""', or even 'set selection of front document to ""'.
Although I don't know why the last statement works. :)
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