Editors: Advantages and disadvantages (Was: [OS X TeX] encoding and special characters in TexShop)

Robert Spence spence at saar.de
Sun Sep 17 13:37:09 EDT 2006

On 17 Sep 2006, at 18:39 , Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On Sep 17, 2006, at 11:12 AM, Robert Spence wrote:
>> 1) TeXShop as an editor:
>> --disadvantage: scrolling while marking long passages of text is  
>> very slow on my system (or can that perhaps be customized?); it  
>> almost certainly wasn't intended to be a super-powerful editor in  
>> the first place, though.
> Howdy,
> For long passages it is usually best to place the cursor (insertion  
> point? ;-)) at the beginning of the passage, scrolling to bottom of  
> the passage and Shift-Click to get all the text between the two  
> points selected.

Thanks for the tip!  I'm already practising the new motor routines!

> You can also get (some) of the functionality of Emacs into any  
> editor that uses the NSTextView Cocoa Framework (e.g., Mail and  
> TeXShop) by using a DefaultKeyBinding.dict file in ~/Library/ 
> KeyBindings/. I've got it set up so Ctl-X Space sets ``the mark,''  
> Ctl-X Ctl-M selects between the insertion point and the mark and  
> Ctl-X Ctl-X swaps the insertion point and mark (very handy when  
> looking at different sections of the source).
> You can get that and some other, TeXShop specific, customizations/ 
> additions in the TeXShopKit.zip file at <http://homepage.mac.com/ 
> herbs2/>.

Thanks for this as well!

This definitely tips the balance somewhat in favour of doing  
everything directly in TeXShop...

-- Rob Spence

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