[OS X TeX] Emacs 22.92, %! and TeXShop

Jerome Laurens Jerome.Laurens at u-bourgogne.fr
Sat Jan 27 05:15:32 EST 2007

Selon David Watson <dewatson at mac.com>:

> In the interest of keeping this discussion sane, I will suggest the
> following link
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_format#Magic_number
> The use of "magic numbers" to identify files does have a long
> history, and emacs is certainly a great text editor with a long
> history. TeXShop should not be expected to use the same "magic
> number" paradigm that some developer contributed to the emacs code at
> some distant point in the past. I use both programs for editing latex
> documents, because they both have their strengths, and I suppose the
> original submitter has similar feelings.

magic numbers do have their own limitations
They are already used for the BOM (Byte Order Mark) for the encoding (UTF-8,
UTF-16LE, UTF-16BE, ...)

The only portable solution is to use a project paradigm design as iTeXMac2,
TeXnicenter, AucTeX and many others do in different areas. This should be a
good thing to develop a common project architecture, but this is not what some
developers want. I dream of a TeX consortium similar to the web and xml ones...

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