[OS X TeX] Some thoughts about editors

Richard Seguin riseguin at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 21 22:02:53 EDT 2007

On Sep 21, 2007, at 4:00 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> On Sep 21, 2007, at 3:58 PM, David Oliver wrote:
>> I'm about to begin writing a new book (to be done in LaTeX) and  
>> have been considering whether to take up a new editor (my  
>> historical  editors are those of TexShop preceded by that of  
>> Textures with cursory looks at Emacs and BBEdit). Most of my (non- 
>> LaTeX) programming is done in Mathematica and I appreciate the  
>> automatic formatting of code therein.
>> I could continue with TeXShop where I have somewhat of an  
>> investment in customization and auto completion sets. But there  
>> are two features I very much value and would like to have that  
>> TeXShop does not possess: text folding (I use many foot- and end- 
>> notes) and a  LaTeX programming environment that formats LaTeX  
>> automatically according to reasonable indentation rules (as in  
>> Mathematica). (The closest possibility might be BBEdit which  
>> provides folding and an excellent HTML programming environment,  
>> but not one for LaTeX.)
>> Have others faced this limitation and how might have you achieved  
>> a LaTeX programming environment with folding?
> You might take a look at TextMate:
> http://macromates.com/
> I tried it briefly (a year or two ago) and while it is an amazing  
> editor, at the time, the learning curve to use it with LaTeX was  
> more than I was willing to climb. I suspect things have improved  
> substantially since then.
> Regards,
>   Gary

I tried TextMate a while ago, and discovered an annoying problem with  
their color syntax code. If it encountered an expression like  
``xxxxx" it would color everything thereafter with a single solid color.

Richard Séguin
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