[OS X TeX] Re: Some thoughts about editors

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Sep 24 18:22:43 EDT 2007

On Sep 24, 2007, at 4:54 PM, Daniel Culver wrote:

> On Sep 24, 2007, at 2:01 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> and then press the Esc key to get
>> \frac{|}{•}
>> where | is the insertion point (cursor). Then I use Ctl-Cmd-F and  
>> jump to the • (called a Mark or Place Holder). I could add another  
>> • at the end but since that's a single } to jump over it's just as  
>> easy to use the ->, etc.
> Herb,
> I have the latest TexShop and in using the completion file the only  
> way I seem to get an insertion point is to use - #INS#. I tried  
> the- | symbol (is this the same as used to pipe an .app for a  
> printer?) and don't get an insertion point. I don't seem to have a  
> key stroke that is a place holder or mark symbol. I use the command  
> completion all the time thanks to your hints on this forum and I  
> haven't used Alpha X very much since. The one feature I really  
> liked about Alpha X is the menu that shows packages. I can see my  
> entire folders of style and class packages making it easier  
> remembering which one I wanted. I recently have gotten in the habit  
> of leaving my latex folder in my side bar and just haven't been  
> using Alpha since.
> My biggest desire for the completion file would be to have many  
> different completion files with the ability to select and tie one  
> to a specific document.


I was trying to ``represent'' the cursor position (that is set by  
using #INS# in the CommandCompletion.txt file) in the source file.

I guess I tend to use the same commands over and over so a single  
file hasn't gotten in the way. Completions and abbreviations fo  
special commands that I've created for my exams, etc., are placed  
near the top of my personal CommandCompletion.txt file. I also use  
pretty much the same packages over and over so I have a template that  
has all the \usepackage{...} commands which I can comment out or  
delete in a particular case.

What would be nice is having a different CommandCompletion.txt file  
for ConTeXt that could automatically be used if the context engine is  
chosen in the `%!TEX TS-program' line. I don't use ConTeXt but there  
certainly are folks on the list who do.

Total Side Comment: Don't know if folks noticed it but the Source- 
 >Comment/Uncomment commands in TeXShop 2.14 work no matter where the  
cursor is on the line.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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