[OS X TeX] Correcting errors in BibDesk

Michael Kubovy kubovy at virginia.edu
Wed Oct 24 21:40:17 EDT 2007


Thanks so much for you quick reply.

On Oct 24, 2007, at 9:02 PM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:

> On Oct 24, 2007, at 17:47, Michael Kubovy wrote:

> What sort of messages do you see?  Many warnings can safely be  
> ignored, but syntax errors definitely have to be fixed.

I'm sorry I brought that up. Of course lint-picking is a good idea.

>> If I have an "Edit Source"  window and an "Errors" window open. I  
>> can get to the errors and fix them in the edit window. It's not  
>> clear to me how I periodically save the edited source.
> You can't explicitly save from that window; it goes to great  
> lengths to keep you from overwriting your original file when hand- 
> editing.
>> "Save" in the menu is grayed out, the "Refresh" seems to reload  
>> the unedited file. It's not clear to me what the "Reopen" button  
>> does.
> Reopen will open the file as you edit it, first creating a  
> temporary file.  The Refresh button will reload the file from disk,  
> in case you edited it by other means. Both buttons should have  
> tooltips that state this if you hover the mouse over the button (we  
> use tooltips fairly extensively).

This to me is counter-intuitive: if I can edit a file in an  
application, I should be able to save my changes. (But I'll be the  
first to admit: an idea that appears counter-intuitive to one person  
is to another an idea that cannot be countered.)

My 2¢-worth of intuition: If upon opening a file a backup were  
created, and the user could decide how many backups to save (it would  
be nice to have that in TeXShop), and the editing were as powerful as  
using regular expressions (which exists in TeXShop) then one wouldn't  
have to engage in acrobatics to fix a .bib file.

Thanks again for the clarification,
Professor Michael Kubovy
University of Virginia
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